Denise is Billy's mother and Ray’s husband. She's overwhelmingly concerned with keeping up appearances, often to her own detriment—she refuses to declare bankruptcy, which would allow her to keep her home and dissolve Ray's medical bills, on account of what other Stovall residents would think. Similarly, even though her lawyer told her to not speak to the woman with whom Ray had an affair, she's too polite to hang up on the woman when the woman calls the Lynn house. Though Denise technically cares for Ray, she does only the bare minimum and manages to make her care look neglectful and passive aggressive. In contrast, she adores Billy and is extremely proud of him. Even though she tries her best to make Billy's visit home perfect by cooking Billy's favorite foods and wearing makeup, her attempts to control the rest of her family and make them fall into line fail, particularly where Ray is concerned.
Denise Lynn Character Timeline in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
The timeline below shows where the character Denise Lynn appears in Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
6. Bully of the Heart
...radio, and smoking until the day he suffered a double stroke. Now, only Billy's mother, Denise, and Kathryn understand Ray, though he seldom speaks. The family secret remains unspoken: everyone aside... (full context)
14. If In the Future You Tell Me This Is Love, I Will Not Disappoint You
15. Temporary Sanity