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Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is home from war. Back in Texas, he has become a national celebrity. A Fox News crew filmed Billy and the rest of Bravo squad defeating Iraqi insurgents in a ferocious firefight. Now Billy is a decorated soldier and Bravo's three minutes of extreme bravery under fire is a YouTube sensation.
Seizing on this PR gift, the Bush administration has sent the surviving members of Bravo on a nationwide 'Victory Tour' to reassure the folks at home. Today, during the final hours of the tour, they arrive at Texas Stadium, guests of honour as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Chicago Bears in a nationally broadcast Thanksgiving Day game.
The story follows Billy and his fellow Bravos through a climactic afternoon, as they mix with the rich and powerful, endure the politics and affections of their fellow citizens, aspire to sex and marriage with the famous Cowboys cheerleaders, share centre stage with Destiny's Child during the halftime extravaganza and attempt to close a movie deal with the help of a veteran Hollywood producer. They will learn hard truths about love and death, family and friendship, duty and honour. Tomorrow, they must go back to war.
Tender and full of humanity, this is a wickedly funny and urgent novel about a young man, the citizens who sent him to war, the family he left behind and the era that let it happen. In Billy Lynn, Ben Fountain has created a new American hero for our times.
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"This book will be the Catch-22 of the Iraq War. Instead of skewering the military, however, it skewers the society responsible for sending it to war, namely us. This funny, yet totally sobering, dissection of the American way of watching war will have you squirming at the same time you are laughing out loud; Fountain applies the heat of his wicked sense of humor while you face the truth of who we have become" (Karl Marlantes)
"Astonishingly brilliant . . . The writing crackles off the page" (BERNARD CORNWELL Mail on Sunday)
"Too often nowadays even rather good novels fail to excite me - I suppose over the years I've read too many of them - which means that those which do are Events in my life. And now I can add Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk to the list. A blazingly good novel and a vital, important book about war and the world we live in" (Diana Athill)
"My favourite book of the year, a smart, funny, sad tale" (KATE ATKINSON Irish Times)
"Breathtaking, beautiful, startlingly authentic" (Patrick Hennessey, author of THE JUNIOR OFFICERS’ READING CLUB)
Ben Fountain's novel is an exhilarating, funny, heartbreaking glimpse into the life of a young soldier and into experiences in which we are complicit - but about which we understand nothing. And it finds its mark in an incredibly personal way. The book has left me reeling" (Colin Firth)
'This book will be the Catch-22 of the Iraq War' Karl Marlantes
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Book Description Canongate. Hardcover. Condition: New. New, unread, and unused. Seller Inventory # HBK-2143-1072
Book Description Canongate Books, London, United Kingdom, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First UK Edition, First Printing. This is a true UK first edition, first printing (first impression) with the number "1" in the sequence of numbers on the copyright page in a new dust jacket. Accompanying the book is a program to the festival where the book as signed. Signed and Dated by Ben Fountain to the title page. [Ben Fountain 26th May 2013]. A collector's copy. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 006379