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Cherry by Matt Thorne
Steve Ellis is lonely 33-year old teacher in London when he meets a mysterious man in a pub. The man offers to set up Steve with his perfect woman. A woman comes to his house and takes Steve's specifications for this perfect woman, right down to her name, Cherry. Eventually he meets Cherry in the flesh, finds her his perfect match and sexual ideal. He falls for Cherry, and then her health takes a turn for the worse and Steve is asked how far he'll go to have her back. Unfortunately, things aren't what they seem to be. Matt Thorne's novel has received a Booker Prize nomination and mostly negative reviews. The New Statesman says, "The novel is partly redeemed by its exciting (if outlandish) plot, and Steve's exuberance as a narrator. Although hardly a great literary achievement, Cherry is definitely one of Thorne's better novels."