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 are 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 homeland. Today, during the final hours of the tour, they arrive at Texas Stadium, guests of honour in a nationally broadcast Thanks giving 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 and attempt to close a movie deal. 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, powerfully contemporary 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.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Ben Fountain , Ben Fountain
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Imprint: Canongate Books Ltd
Edition: Film tie-in edition
Dimensions: Width: 12.90cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 19.80cm
ISBN 10: 1782118284
Publication Date: 12 January 2017
Audience: General/trade , General
Publisher's Status: Active
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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.
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