The Wonder That Was Ours

The Wonder That Was Ours

by Alice Hatcher
The Wonder That Was Ours

The Wonder That Was Ours

by Alice Hatcher


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945814600
Publisher: Dzanc Books
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A former academic historian, Alice Hatcher turned her attention from footnotes to fiction several years ago. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Notre Dame Review, Lascaux Review, Fourth Genre, Contrary, Chautauqua, and Gargoyle, among other journals. Her debut novel, The Wonder That Was Ours, won Dzanc Books’ 2017 Prize for Fiction. Hatcher lives in Tucson, AZ. Her work can be found at

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