Cherry (novel)

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AuthorNico Walker
CountryUnited States
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
August 14, 2018
Media typePrint

Cherry is a 2018 debut novel by American author Nico Walker. It concerns an unnamed narrator's time in college, as a soldier during the War in Iraq, and life as a drug addict and bank robber after returning from the war during the midst of the American Opioid epidemic. It was published by Alfred A. Knopf on August 14, 2018.

Plot summary[edit]

A young man drops out of college and enlists in the Army. He comes home in a poor state, becomes addicted to opiates, and starts robbing banks.[1]



Walker has been in a federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky, for bank robbery since 2013,[2] and is scheduled to be released in November 2020.[1] Walker wrote the book on a typewriter over the course of several years.


Janet Hansen, a designer at Alfred Knopf, created the book cover, which features a skull.[3][4] Walker's literary agent dismissed an earlier version as it "[looked] like it should be sold in Hot Topic".


The book was published to positive reviews and "near-universal praise" as per the review aggregator website Book Marks and, respectively.[5][6] Book Marks reported that 54% of critics gave the book a "rave" review, whilst 31% of the critics expressed "positive" impressions, based on a sample of 13 reviews.[5]

Cherry debuted at number 14 on The New York Times bestseller list.[7]

Film adaptation[edit]

Due to Walker's imprisonment, his consideration of offers to adapt the book into a film took longer than usual when he exhausted his allotted phone time.[8] Days after the book's publication, the movie rights were acquired for $1 million by Joe and Anthony Russo's studio AGBO, with the brothers planning to direct and produce, and the script to be written by Jessica Goldberg.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b Alter, Alexandra (10 August 2018). "How a Young War Veteran Became a Serial Bank Robber, Then a Novelist". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  2. ^ Kaplan, Ilana (5 September 2018). "Army Medic, Addict, Bank Robber, Novelist: How Nico Walker Wrote New Book 'Cherry'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. ^ Charles, Ron (17 August 2018). "The alternative covers for Nico Walker's hit novel 'Cherry' look nothing like the final version". Washington Post. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  4. ^ Hansen, Janet (16 August 2018). "THE TROUBLE WITH DESIGNING A BOOK WHEN ITS AUTHOR IS IN JAIL". LitHub. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Cherry". Book Marks. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Rathburn, Daniel (22 August 2018). "Nico Walker's Cherry Got Near-Universal Praise". Vulture. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  7. ^ "First a Decorated War Vet, Then a Bank Robber, Now a Best-Selling Novelist". The New York Times. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike (16 August 2018). "Hot 'Cherry' Book Auction Handcuffed Because Imprisoned Author Has Run Short Of Phone Call Minutes". Deadline. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  9. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (24 August 2018). "AGBO Nearing $1M 'Cherry' Book Deal; 'Avengers: Infinity War's Russo Bros Eye Directing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (24 August 2018). "Russo Brothers Close Deal to Direct PTSD Drama 'Cherry'". Variety. Retrieved 30 August 2018.