Ben Fountain is an American author best known for his fiction writing. He gained prominence with his debut novel 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk', which received critical acclaim and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Fountain has also written a collection of short stories titled 'Brief Encounters with Che Guevara'. His work often explores themes of war, politics, and the complexities of American society.
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The novel follows Billy Lynn, a 19-year-old soldier, who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. During the tour, they're honored at a Dallas Cowboys game, which exposes the commercialization and shallow appreciation of their sacrifices. Amidst the celebration, Billy grapples with his understanding of heroism, patriotism, family, and the stark contrast between the realities of war and America's perceptions.