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Cleveland, Ohio, 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 prison typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.



Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionWar & combat fictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomanceAdult & contemporary romance Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 28/02/2019 ISBN-13: 9781787330948  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Nico Walker is originally from Cleveland. He served as a medic on more than 250 missions in Iraq. Currently he has two more years to serve of an eleven-year sentence for bank robbery. Cherry is his debut novel.

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A mighty, raw and passionate novel based on Nico Walker's real life experiences. There is nothing fake about Mr. Walker's writing, he describes awful situations with honesty and humour, never offering lazy cheap thrills or self pity. It will be interesting to see where Nico Walker's writing goes from here, but for now Cherry is a must read for 2019.

- 26/04/2019
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This is a rough and raw portrait of a young medic returning from the Iraq war traumatised and how PTSD ultimately destroys the lives of those he loves. It is autobiographical and the heart of the novel comes from his humanity shining through the terrible things that drugs and desperation make him capable of. Nico Walker is currently on year 9 of an 11 year sentence for bank robbery where he wrote this on a prison typewriter. The book reads as if a character has walked straight out of Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son but the special thing about Cherry is that you are right there with him and you can understand why he makes the decisions he does and how everything gets so complicated and eventually comes tumbling down.

Ben, Buying Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 27/02/2019

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