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Book Discussion Group: Billy Lynn's Long...Walk

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About the Book

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award!

Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2012: Billy Lynn and his Bravo squad mates have become heroes thanks to an embedded Fox News crew’s footage of their firefight against Iraqi insurgents. During one day of their bizarre Victory Tour, set mostly at a Thanksgiving Day football game at Texas Stadium, they’re wooed by Hollywood producers, smitten by Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, and share a stage at halftime with Beyonce. Guzzling Jack and Cokes and scuffling with fans, the Bravos are conflicted soldiers. “Okay, so maybe they aren’t the greatest generation,” writes debut author (!) Ben Fountain, who manages a sly feat: giving us a maddening and believable cast of characters who make us feel what it must be like to go to war. Veering from euphoria to dread to hope, Billy Lynn is a propulsive story that feels real and true. With fierce and fearless writing, Fountain is a writer worth every accolade about to come his way. --Neal Thompson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About Ben Fountain

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Ben Fountain has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and a Whiting Writers' Award, among other honors and awards.

He was born in Chapel Hill in North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he specialized in English. He completed a degree in Law from the Duke University School of Law. After practicing law for a while, he decided to become a writer. He currently lives in Dallas in Texas with his wife and two chilidren.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy, is adapting the novel into a screenplay, a new Film4 project in collaboration with The Ink Factory, a U.S. production company. Ang Lee is rumored to direct.

 

From the National Book Foundation