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The Unfortunates

We still have reading copies available for The Unfortunates, a debut novel by J.K. Chukwu. If you haven’t read it yet, and you’re a bookseller in the Open Markets, please do get in touch and we can send you a copy.

About the book

Set in the mind of a young Black woman who is losing it, The Unfortunates is a darkly funny debut about the realities of elitist institutions from an exceptional new writer.

Dear Reader,

It has come to my attention that smoking kills, along with police, loner white boys, and looks. While embroiled in the process of trying to live, I have written this honors thesis. It is dedicated to the first years who haven’t yet died from alcohol poisoning, exhaustion, or overdosing. This work has been a labor of love and of hate. In it, you will find juxtaposition, verisimilitude, French, Freud, and anything else I’ve wasted 60K a year to learn.

I would like to thank my advisors: Mr. White Supremacy, Mr. Capitalism, Ms. Racism, and, of course, my Life Partner for all the guidance they have provided during this process.

Published 03 August 2023 | Hardback | 9780008478018 | RRP £162.99

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