BookTalkers discussion group meets at 6:00 pm in the Armstrong Conference Room
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: Monday, March 18, 6 pm & Tuesday, March 19, 2 pm
Bravo Squad was involved in a ferocious firefight at Al-Ansakar Canal that claimed all but eight survivors. Now, the Bush Administration has them on a media-intensive ‘Victory Tour’ across America to reinvigorate public support for the Iraq war. It is Thanksgiving and they are to be part of the Dallas Cowboys halftime show. Among the men is 19-year-old Texan Billy Lynn, who takes in the fawning overtures of the team owner, the players, and at least one gorgeous Cowboys
cheerleader even as he faces hard truths about himself, his family, and his country. He also recalls the sergeant who changed his life and then died in his arms. Though the shell-shocked humor will likely conjure comparisons with Catch-22 and
Slaughterhouse Five, this blackly humorous novel by Ben Fountain focuses even more on the cross-promotional media
monster that America has become than it does on the absurdities of war.