Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - Ben Fountain Not so much a novel of the Iraq War as a novel of soldiers attempting to understand the country they've enlisted to protect. There are comparisons drawn between Americans' commitment to their pastimes and their disinterest in the world around them, and Fountain's book, while making no real statements about the war, is happy to engage this larger, slower target. Humorous and touchingly written, Fountain' characters are believable and vivid, and surely they're the reason this novel made the Book Award shortlist. It won't win, but as an effort to map a post-9/11 America, and the war we refused to examine, Bill Lynn wholly succeeds.