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Be one of 25 lucky Shelf readers to win a free advance copy of Cherry.

A breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies...

Be one of 25 lucky Shelf readers to win a free advance copy of Cherry.

A breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroine.

The must-read book of the fall was hammered out on a typewriter by an author still serving an eleven-year sentence in jail—and that's not even the reason you need to read it. Cherry is a surprising, heartbreaking, brilliantly written novel that calls to mind books like Jesus' Son and films like Trainspotting. Praised by Thomas McGuane as "a powerful debut that declares the arrival of a real writer who has made art out of anguish," and Scott McClanahan as "one of those perfect books in the most outrageous voice that I've come across in years," you do not want to miss the novel that heralds the coming of an unbelievable new literary talent.

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Cleveland, 2003. A young man, a college freshman, meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and Ecstasy and fall hard in love. But soon he flunks out of school and joins the Army as a medic. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound. 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.

Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.

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