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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: The Iraq War Gets Its Catch-22

In his brilliant debut novel (out today), Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Ecco, $26), Ben Fountain reimagines the events surrounding a Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day 2004—from the perspective of eight Iraq war veterans participating as extras in Destiny's Child's jingoistic halftime show.

Fountain tells this day-in-the-life tale in (sur)real time, accompanying the soldiers as they deal with overzealous well-wishers, movie-rights interest from Tom Hanks, and the title character's hook-up with a born-again cheerleader—not to mention their own combat-induced trauma. The novel is being hailed as a latter-day Catch-22, but it isn't a satire so much as a faithful rendering of the crazy reality of post-9/11 America.

—Timothy Hodler, research director at Details


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