Cherry (novel)

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.

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

Plot summaryEdit

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



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


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 adaptationEdit

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 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] In March 2019, it was confirmed that Tom Holland will take on the lead role.[11] Filming is scheduled to begin in October 2019.[12] Netflix are in early talks to distribute the film.[13] Ciara Bravo, Bill Skarsgård, Jack Reynor, Jeff Wahlberg, Kyle Harvey, Forrest Goodluck and Michael Gandolfini were added in October.[14]


  1. ^ a b Alter, Alexandra (August 10, 2018). "How a Young War Veteran Became a Serial Bank Robber, Then a Novelist". The New York Times. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Kaplan, Ilana (September 5, 2018). "Army Medic, Addict, Bank Robber, Novelist: How Nico Walker Wrote New Book 'Cherry'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Charles, Ron (August 17, 2018). "The alternative covers for Nico Walker's hit novel 'Cherry' look nothing like the final version". Washington Post. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Hansen, Janet (August 16, 2018). "THE TROUBLE WITH DESIGNING A BOOK WHEN ITS AUTHOR IS IN JAIL". LitHub. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Cherry". Book Marks. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Rathburn, Daniel (August 22, 2018). "Nico Walker's Cherry Got Near-Universal Praise". Vulture. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "First a Decorated War Vet, Then a Bank Robber, Now a Best-Selling Novelist". The New York Times. August 24, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  8. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (August 16, 2018). "Hot 'Cherry' Book Auction Handcuffed Because Imprisoned Author Has Run Short Of Phone Call Minutes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  9. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (August 24, 2018). "AGBO Nearing $1M 'Cherry' Book Deal; 'Avengers: Infinity War's Russo Bros Eye Directing". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (August 24, 2018). "Russo Brothers Close Deal to Direct PTSD Drama 'Cherry'". Variety. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 11, 2019). "Tom Holland Reteams With Russo Brothers for 'Cherry' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  12. ^ Clark, Anne Victoria (July 21, 2019). "Tom Holland to Star in Russo Brothers' Rated-R Film Adaptation of Cherry". Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  13. ^ Fisher, Jacob (September 16, 2019). "Netflix In Early Talks For Distribution Rights For Russo Brothers' 'Cherry' (EXCLUSIVE)". Discussing Film. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Ciara Bravo Joins Tom Holland in Russo Brothers’ Next Film (EXCLUSIVE)