The Unfortunates

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6.31 X 9.33 X 1.14 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author
J K CHUKWU is a writer and visual artist from the Midwest. She holds an MFA in literary arts from Brown University and was a 2019 Lambda Fellow. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, and TAYO.

A Bustle "Most Anticipated Book of Winter 2023" * A Good Morning America "February Buzz Pick" * An Autostraddle "54 Queer and Feminist Books Coming Out Winter 2023" * A The Root "February 2023 Books by Black Authors We Can't Wait to Read" * An Ebony "Required Reading: 11 Black Authors To Get Into February 2023" * An Open Country Mag "Anticipated Book of 2023"


"Chukwu meticulously and brilliantly balances tough topics like depression with biting comedy, crafting a narrative about a young woman trying to survive and help others do the same." -- Shondaland

"The Unfortunates is a powerful call to arms by a promising young writer who is not afraid to take risks, and for that we are very fortunate indeed." -- Bookpage

"[A] playful, powerful debut. . . . Speaking to the pressure Black people often feel to stifle their feelings in predominantly white spaces. . . . A poignant reminder of how tight a hold mental illness can have." -- Zakiya Dalila Harris, The New York Times Book Review

"Required reading. . . . What do you do when your fellow Black co-eds are disappearing, and you fear you're next? Sahara, a queer, half-Nigerian student at an elite college, pens her opus, a no-holds-barred thesis to the racist institution that has stolen a part of her soul, but she and her community of BIPOC women won't give up without a fight." -- Ebony

A "Top Ten Books We Can't Wait to Read in February" Pick -- PureWow

"Chukwu has written an extraordinary coming-of-age novel, with a fascinating protagonist and a tone that is just right for her material. The book's dark atmosphere is enhanced by the presence of the author's own black-and-white illustrations. The result is a tour de force." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Formidable . . . powerful. This blistering anthem brims with rage and hope." -- Publishers Weekly

"Exciting in form; powerful in content." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A playful, powerful debut novel" -- New York Times Book Review