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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (2012)
Ben Fountain’s novel effectively captures the disconnect between soldiers on the ground in Iraq and the civilian perspective of the war. Billy, a 19-year-old solider, has just returned to America for a two week “Victory Tour” following a successful firefight in Iraq. Along with soldiers of Bravo Company, Billy has traveled cross country on a morale-boosting media circuit. Written in a stream of conscious, the young war hero narrates the final day at the Dallas Cowboys football game on Thanksgiving. Throughout the course of one day the reader witnesses Billy’s struggle with his newfound fame, the effect of war, family, and brotherhood. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a moving and satirical portrayal of America over the last ten years.