Cherry (Hardback)Nico Walker (author)
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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.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 451 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 32 mm
'A remarkable accomplishment... [Cherry] will shake your soul.' - Atticus Lish, Harper's Magazine
'[An] unforgettable mix of doomed and dazzling... There's a vivid, repulsive truth in the way Walker renders his subjects-a sort of social truth, stripped of morality, which is rare and riveting.' - New Yorker
'Cherry is a miracle of literary serendipity, a triumph... In these propulsive pages, Walker draws us right into the mind of an ordinary young man beset by his own and his country's demons. In the end, his only weapon against disintegration is his own devastating candor.' - Washington Post
'The first great novel of the opioid epidemic.' - New York Magazine
'It is full of slapstick comedy, despite gut-wrenching depictions of dope sickness, the futility of war and PTSD... [Walker] writes dialogue so musical and realistic you'll hear it in the air around you.' - New York Times Book Review
'After page one, only the faint-hearted will manage to put down this brilliant screech from a life of war, crime and addiction, a powerful book that declares the arrival of a real writer who has made art out of anguish.' - Thomas McGuane, author of Cloudbursts and Ninety-two in the Shade
'With an unforgettable voice, the narrator relates his hellacious military service in Iraq, PTSD, and descent into addiction with desperation and propulsive intensity, sustained by a dark humor and associative structure evocative of Joseph Heller's Catch-22." * National Book Review *
'Someone once said there are only two things worth writing about, love and death. Nico Walker may know more about these two subjects than 99.9% of fiction writers working today. Read Cherry instead of the latest piece of fluff - it might be the only time when you truly feel a writer is actually baring their soul to you.' - Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Heavenly Table
'A buzzsaw of a novel... Bracingly original.' - Wall Street Journal
'A raw coming-of-age story in reverse... Cherry touches on some of the darkest chapters of recent American history.' - New York Times
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