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Cherry (2018)
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Published: New York : Knopf, 2018
Edition:  First edition
Description:  317 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9780525520139, 0525520139, 9780525435938, 052543593X,
Language:  English


"Jesus' Son meets Reservoir Dogs in a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin. Cleveland, 2003. A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York, and he flunks out of school and joins the army. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But as an army medic, he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn. And many of them die. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow up the Midwest. Soon he is hooked on heroin, and so is Emily. They attempt a normal life, but with their money drying up, he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at--robbing banks. Hammered out on a typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America"--

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Cherry

Nico Walker’s debut novel Cherry is a raw and devastating account of war, addiction, and love. His writing is bleak, insightful, explicit, and unsettling.

The novel follows an unnamed narrator who goes to college, falls in love, drops out of college, and joins the army. As a medic in Iraq, he sees the effects of the war on both the civilian and soldier populations where he witnesses many of his friends die. When he returns home, his PTSD is so profound he turns to heroin to escape his pain. Eventually, he begins robbing banks to feed his and his wife’s addiction.

Walker is currently in prison for bank robbery related to his own heroin addiction. He wrote Cherry while serving his time and has used money made from the publication of the book to pay back the money he stole. Cherry is a challenging novel in terms of language and subject matter. Nevertheless, it is a timely book as war-related PTSD and the opioid crisis continue to haunt headlines.
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