This book garnered a lot of buzz when it was published in 2018, largely owing to the author, Nico Walker, being imprisoned at the time it was published. The book is not exactly his memoir, but rather a novel about an unnamed narrator’s time in college, as a soldier during the War in Iraq, and as a drug addict and bank robber after returning from the war during the midst of the American opioid epidemic.
Starring Tom Holland and Bill Skarsgård, Cherry is scheduled to be released in theaters on February 26, 2021, and on Apple TV+ on March 12, 2021.
Back Cover Copy of Cherry:
In this “miracle of literary serendipity” (The Washington Post), a young medic returns from deployment in Iraq to two things: the woman he loves, and the opioid crisis sweeping across the Midwest. Soon deep in the thrall of heroin addiction, he arrives at what seems like the only logical solution: robbing banks.
Written by a singularly talented, wildly imaginative debut novelist, Cherry is a bracingly funny and unexpectedly tender work of fiction straight from the dark heart of America.
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About Nico Walker:
Nicholas Walker is an American author and US Army veteran who served time in prison for bank robbery. From 2005 to 2006, Walker served as an Army medic in Iraq, going on more than 250 combat missions. After returning to civilian life, he suffered from undiagnosed PTSD, was depressed and traumatized, and became addicted to heroin. To fund his habit, he robbed ten banks around Cleveland in a span of four months, beginning in December 2010. He was arrested in April 2011, pleaded guilty in 2012 and was given an eleven-year sentence. In 2013, while Walker was behind bars in the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland, Kentucky, he was profiled in BuzzFeed. He was released from prison early, in October 2019.