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"Cleveland, 2003. A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York, and he flunks out of school and joins the army. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But as an army medic, he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn. And many of them die. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow up the Midwest. 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."--‡c Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2021
Edition: Movie tie-in edition
ISBN: 9780593315484
Branch Call Number: PBK FICTION
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 21 cm


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Apr 28, 2020

My favorite book of 2018. It's a thrilling, unflinching look at the military system and addiction told from real-life bank robber turned writer Nico Walker. The women in the book could be written a lot better, though.

Jun 24, 2019

Well, what a surprise! Nico, you did good! This book holds nothing back so if you are offended easily, you should check out something else. I loved it. It's true and well written. Style won't be for everyone, but it's his story so he gets to tell it however he wants. I wish him well. Non-conventional and in your face, I loved the opportunity to spend some time with Nico.

Feb 25, 2019

Nico Walker is currently serving time and if you read a little of his bio, this debut novel seems pretty autobiographical. I'm not sure a book about about a junkie criminal white dude is really what we need right now. Also check out Donald Ray Pollock and Frank Bill, if you like messed up midwesterners committing violent acts.

Nov 20, 2018

NY Times recommended 2018

Oct 23, 2018

A book about an Army medic turned junkie bank robber BY an Army medic turned junkie bank robber. Written in prison. The middle part about Army training and Iraq was the most interesting. Not for everyone. Rough language. Rough outlook. Would like to see him write one about his time in Federal prison.


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