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Nico Walker
Most Creative People 2019

Nico Walker

Author | Ashland, KY

For converting the opioid epidemic into literature
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Nico Walker brings the 21st-century tragedies of the Iraq War and the opioid crisis to life in his debut novel, Cherry. Real-life veteran Walker wrote the book while serving an 11-year federal prison sentence for robbing 11 banks in four months to feed his heroin addiction; he will be released in 2020. Cherry follows an unnamed narrator from college in the Cleveland suburbs to Iraq, where he works as an army medic, and back, tracking his descent into heroin addiction and crime. Walker wrote the novel on a typewriter in the prison’s legal library over the course of three years during his time off from working, he says. Days after the critically acclaimed book was published, it was optioned for a big-screen adaptation by Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

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