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Readers' Review: "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" By Ben Fountain

A deadly firefight with Iraqi insurgents caught on video by Fox News has transformed eight U.S. soldiers into media stars. Nineteen-year-old Billy Lynn is the lead character in a novel about the surviving men of the “Bravo Squad” and their brief return home. As the squad mourns the death of a fellow soldier, they are sent on a two-week nationwide “victory tour” to drum up support for the war. But their painful reality is obscured as they are honored during a Dallas cowboys Thanksgiving Day game. A Readers’ Review discussion of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain.

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Excerpted from “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain. Copyright 2013. Excerpted with permission by Harper Collins.

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