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--

Nico Walker—Cherry

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