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BookTalkers: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

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BookTalkers: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Time: March 18, 2013 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Location: Charlevoix Public Library
Street: 220 W Clinton Street
City/Town: Charlevoix, MI 49720
Website or Map: http://www.charlevoixlibrary.…
Phone: (231) 547-2651
Event Type: discussion
Organized By: Charlevoix Public Library
Latest Activity: Mar 2, 2013

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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.



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