The Wonder That Was Ours

The Wonder That Was Ours

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Center for Fiction First Novel Prize - Longlist

Wynston Cleave, a black taxi driver on a small Caribbean island, spent years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of the death of a wealthy white tourist. Finally released, he tries to piece his life together working as a bartender and reading literary classics to the unruly cockroaches infesting his taxi.

On the anniversary of his arrest, Wynston picks up two white Americans just kicked off a cruise ship. The next day, the ship reports a deadly viral outbreak. As the tourist economy collapses, the island succumbs to riots and a devastating spiral of violence, and Wynston's fate becomes entwined with that of three strangers: his American passengers and a local named Tremor, the focus of a vicious police manhunt.

Narrated by the sharp-witted roaches infesting Wynston's taxi, The Wonder That Was Ours explores deep racial and class divides through the most unlikely eyes imaginable, taking a unique perspective on prejudice, compassion, and the absurdity of the human experience. A poignant, worldly, and unforgettable novel in the spirit of Exit West and Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist.

Author: Alice Hatcher
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Published: 09/04/2018
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.80w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781945814600

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/30/2018
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2018