Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (FTI)
Billy Lynn is home from Iraq. And he's a YouTube sensation. Tonight, with the nation's eyes on him, Billy steps out onto the field at the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving football game. Tomorrow, he must go back to war.
Brilliant ... a book for our times * Observer * Astonishingly brilliant -- BERNARD CORNWELL * Mail on Sunday * Spectacular ... an exhilarating rush * Sunday Times * Funny, damning, devastating * Independent * Vivid, resonant, thundering * Financial Times * A boneshaker * Scotsman * Bracing, fearless, uproarious * San Francisco Chronicle * Lean, direct, muscular ... almost certainly the first great novel about the Iraq war * Review 31 * An inspired, blistering war novel * New York Times * The kind of ambition that sent shivers down the spine of the young Tom Wolfe -- ROBERT MCCRUM Blistering, beautiful language with razor-sharp insight * Huffington Post * Breathtaking ... startlingly authentic -- PATRICK HENNESSEY A masterful echo of Catch-22 * Washington Post * Ben Fountain writes with sparkle and dark humour * Daily Express * The best novel yet written on Iraq -- SAUL AUSTERLITZ One of the important books of this decade -- MADISON SMARTT BELL Blazingly good -- DIANA ATHILL Exhilarating, funny, heartbreaking -- COLIN FIRTH
Ben Fountain is the author of the acclaimed short-story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and a debut novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Award. In addition, he has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes Noble Discover Award for Fiction, an O. Henry Award and two Pushcart Prizes. He was also shortlisted for the International Author of the Year Award in 2012. His fiction has been published in Harper's, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story and Stories from the South: The Year's Best, and his non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times among other publications. He lives in Dallas, Texas.