“If a bullet’s going to get you, it’s already been fired”
A new edition to tie in with Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s film adaptation
Billy Lynn is home from Iraq. And he’s a YouTube sensation. Tonight, with the nation’s eyes on him, Billy steps out onto the field at the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving football game. Tomorrow, he must go back to war.
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Ben Fountain is the author of the acclaimed short-story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and a debut novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Award. In addition, he has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, an O. Henry Award and two Pushcart Prizes. He was also shortlisted for the International Author of the Year Award in 2012.
His fiction has been published in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story and Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, and his non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times among other publications. He lives in Dallas, Texas.