Posted on 08/15/2018 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Authors go to great lengths to produce their works — rising early, staying up late, resisting distractions of all kinds ... using the prison typewriter while other inmates stare.

Or maybe that’s unique to writer Nico Walker, whose new book, Cherry, is being called the first great novel of the opioid epidemic and one of the best war novels in a generation.

Cherry takes heavy inspiration from Walker’s own experiences serving in Iraq and difficulties adjusting to civilian life after what he’s seen.

Walker himself is currently serving time for robbing banks, but as All Things Considered reports (from an interview it did with Walker in fifteen-minute phone calls), he’s using the money from Cherry to work on repaying his victims.

The novel, which was released Tuesday, is now a bestseller in war fiction on Amazon.

Listen to the interview below or read the article on NPR’s website.   

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