NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: Cherry debuted on the NYT Hardcover Fiction list, reached No. 2 on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, and appeared on the USA Today, IndieBound, and Publishers Weekly lists.
RAVE REVIEWS: Ron Charles of The Washington Post wrote that Cherry is “a triumph,” Vulture described it as “a novel of searing beauty.” In The Wall Street Journal, Elliot Ackerman wrote that Cherry is “A buzzsaw of a novel…. Bracingly original,” and Entertainment Weekly called it “one of the summer’s most exciting literary breakthroughs.” And that’s just the tip of the cherry stem!
TIMELINESS: There’s a reason Vulture headlined its review, “Nico Walker’s Cherry Might Be the First Great Novel of the Opioid Epidemic.” The book could not be any more of the moment: an unadorned portrait of what opioid addiction does to individuals and thus to our society, written by an author who intimately knows.
WRITING: Walker is the real deal, and readers are recognizing that. Booklist called Cherry, “A masterpiece…. 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.” The New York Times Book Review also praised Walker’s dialogue, saying he “writes dialogue so musical and realistic you’ll hear it in the air around you.” And Scott McClanahan said, “I’m so jealous about the writing in Cherry that it makes me sick.”
WORLDWIDE SENSATION: We’ve already sold Cherry to publishers in eight other countries: Jonathan Cape in the UK, Heyne Hardcore in Germany, De Bezige Bij in Holland, Les Arènes in France, Bungeishunjū in Japan, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial in Spain, Libri in Hungary, and La Nave di Teseo in Italy. With those editions hitting shelves along with our paperback, excitement will only continue to build.
“Cherry is a miracle of literary serendipity, a triumph…. [Walker’s] language, relentlessly profane but never angry, simmers at the level of morose disappointment, something like Holden Caulfield Goes to War…. His prose echoes Ernest Hemingway’s cadences to powerful effect…. Cherry is written without an ounce of self-pity by an author allergic to the meretricious poetry of despair. 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.”—The Washington Post
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