Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel by Ben Fountain

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.

The 2330th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 390

Since this book was first published in 2012, there is a penalty of 60.8%. The age adjusted score is 152.88.

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