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

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

This month's Readers’ Review is a novel about eight American soldiers returning to Iraq. The men are media stars at home, but their painful reality is obscured as they are honored at a Thanksgiving Day football game.

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.

Guests

Maureen Corrigan

critic in residence and lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University.

Tom Tarantino

chief policy officer of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and former Army Captain who served in Iraq. He was awarded a Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star.

Louis Bayard

novelist and reviewer. His books include "Mr. Timothy," "The Pale Blue Eye," "The Black Tower" and "The School of Night." He teaches fiction writing at The George Washington University.

Read An Excerpt

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

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