Wonderland: A Tale of Hustling Hard and Breaking Even (Hardcover)

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A necessary narrative that extends compassion and dignity to those our society often withholds it from.

After the death of her paternal aunt, Nicole returns to the town that gave her family its street cred but has taken away everything else. She was born to a family of gangsters in the Boston area whose affiliation with the Winter Hill Gang afforded them an amount of protection, money, and respect.

It’s in Boston that she reunites with her father and is reminded of why she left in the first place, but also why she returned. Though Nicole sees it as her responsibility to take care of those around her, as a writer, adjunct professor, and waitress, who rents out the second bedroom of her Harlem apartment on Airbnb to make ends meet, she can barely take care of herself.

If achieving the American Dream means alienating oneself from their community, Wonderland: A Tale of Hustling Hard and Breaking Even reminds us why the reality of “escaping poverty“ is more complex than the decisions of individuals, but also depends on the investment we make in our people to thrive together.

About the Author

Nicole Treska is the author of the debut memoir Wonderland. Her short fiction has appeared in New York Tyrant magazine, Epiphany literary journal, and Egress: New Openings in Literary Art. Her interviews and reviews are up at Electric Literature, Guernica, The Millions, BOMB, The Rumpus, and then some. She lives in Harlem with her husband, James, and their three-legged dog, Nadine. 

Praise For…

“A poignantly affecting memoir about surviving and thriving.” –Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781668005040
ISBN-10: 1668005042
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 9th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English