Friday, March 1, 2013

BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK Wins National Book Critics Circle Award!

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk By Ben FountainCongratulations to Ecco Books and Ben Fountain, whose first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction! Billy Lynn was already named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012 by the New York Times Book Review, and was, of course, a finalist for the National Book Award. A few of Billy Lynn’s other honors are mentioned at the bottom of this post. Hmm…I sense an overachiever in our midst…
A razor-sharp satire set on Thanksgiving Day during America’s war in Iraq, this remarkable novel follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys. Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad, and cements Ben Fountain's reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.

We’ve brought Billy Lynn with us to a number of conferences, including First-Year Experience, which we just returned from. It’s such a great contender for Freshman Common Read programs because Fountain infuses its significant message with so much energy and humor, and its 19-year-old protagonist forces students to see the war through a peer's eyes. I read it in December, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly. And apparently, others agree:

Additional Honors:
-         Washington Post's year end top ten list
-         Amazon Editor’s choice Top 100 picks for 2012
-         Library Journal’s Top 10
-         Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction of 2012
-         TIME Magazine’s Top 10 Fiction Books of 2012
-         Slate’s Top 10 books of 2012
-         Barnes & Noble’s editor’s picks
-         Nancy Pearl’s favorite books of 2012 at Publishers Weekly
-         iBookstore’s Top 10 for 2012

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