Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
His whole nation is celebrating what is the worst day of his life. Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is home from Iraq. And he's a hero. Billy and the rest of Bravo Company were filmed defeating Iraqi insurgents in a ferocious firefight. Now Bravo's three minutes of extreme bravery is a YouTube sensation and the Bush Administration has sent them on a nationwide Victory Tour. During the final hours of the tour Billy will mix with the rich and powerful, endure the politics and praise of his fellow Americans - and fall in love. He'll face hard truths about life and death, family and friendship, honour and duty. Tomorrow he must go back to war.
Brilliant: funny, involving, warm-hearted, a book for our times - Rachel Cook Observer A fierce, exhilarating novel about the Iraq war ... And it is terrific: eloquent and angry, funny and poignant - Theo Tait Guardian Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is not merely good; it's Pulitzer Prize-quality good ... A bracing, fearless and uproarious satire of how contemporary war is waged San Francisco Chronicle Astonishingly brilliant ... a scathing portrait of America, lightened by the humour of Billy and a beguiling born-again cheerleader. The writing crackles off the page- Bernard Cornwell I love this. It's a modern day classic - Nick Hornby
Ben Fountain is the author of the acclaimed short-story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara. Among other honours, he has won the PEN/Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize and two Pushcart Prizes and the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2012, he was a finalist for the National Book Award and was shortlisted for the International Author of the Year Award. His fiction has been published in Harper's, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story and Stories from the South: The Year's Best. He lives in Dallas, Texas.