WHO: Nico Walker
WHAT: CHERRY, a novel
WHEN: Published by Knopf August 14, 2018
WHERE: The author is originally from Cleveland.
WHY: “A masterpiece.
“Nico Walker, a former U.S. Army medic and Iraq War veteran, became a heroin addict and went to prison for bank robbery. The narrator of his debut novel is also a former U.S. Army medic who becomes a heroin addict before turning to bank robbery to support his habit. The story of that descent, which also involves his wife, a fellow addict, is unsparingly raw and utterly gripping. This is an astonishingly good novel, written by someone who clearly has a gift for storytelling. Walker’s characters, even minor players and walk-ons, are beautifully drawn. His dialogue rings achingly true. His story is powerfully told and completely without pretension.
“The novel, which has already generated considerable buzz, beginning with its remarkable backstory (the author wrote it on a typewriter in prison, eventually attracting the interest of an editor at Knopf), could well become one of the season’s smash successes.” –David Pitt, in a starred review for BOOKLIST
“An unsettling debut…a bleak tale told bluntly with insights into two kinds of living hell.”
–KIRKUS, a starred 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
Knopf. 317 pages. $26.95
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