May We Be Forgiven vs. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
You may read my extensive reviews of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and May We Be Forgiven, but ultimately I give the win to Homes. Both deal with depressing subject matter - war is out of Billy's control and Harold causes most of his bad situation - but the humor in the Homes kept me reading. I was constantly surprised by little jokes or funny descriptions or well-written characters, and it was just a more enjoyable read.
The first line drew me in and the writing kept me there:
"Do you want my recipe for disaster?Thanks to Ben Fountain, though, for writing a war book I could tolerate.
The warning sign: last year, Thanksgiving at their house."
You can see the official Tournament of Books winner at their website.
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