Join us in reading Ben Fountain's latest novel, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," the August Printers Row Book of the Month selection.
After an embedded Fox News television crew captures a few moments of warfare waged between Iraqi insurgents and the Bravo Squad, the survivors are heralded as folk heroes. The poster boy is 19-year-old Silver Star-winning Spc. William Lynn. Led by Lynn, the squad members embark on a two-week nationwide victory tour, designed to whip up waning enthusiasm about the war. The tour leads to a halftime appearance on Thanksgiving Day at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. At the end of the game, the Bravo Squad is scheduled to head back to Iraq.
In a column featuring "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," Chicago Tribune Literary Editor Elizabeth Taylor called the book "a rare combination: a novel of social criticism with a huge heart." The book follows Fountain's well-reviewed short story collection, "Brief Encounters with Che Guevara."
As always, Printers Row Journal will offer stories throughout August that will deepen your reading experience. Next week, we'll highlight themes and offer discussion questions. We'll follow that up with interviews and essays about "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" and other wartime literature.
Consider joining us for our Book of the Month discussion in Tribune Tower during the third week of August. Watch for more details about the event in future issues of Printers Row Journal and your weekly e-newsletter. And, as usual, select local bookstores are offering a 15 percent discount on the Book of the Month; read the back page for details.
In the meantime, good reading!