‘[A] playful, powerful debut? A poignant reminder of how tight a hold mental illness can have’ Zakiya Dalila Harris
‘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
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.
Set in the mind of a young Black woman who is losing hers, THE UNFORTUNATES is a darkly funny debut about the realities of elitist institutions from an exceptional new writer.
Early readers are loving The Unfortunates:
‘Chukwu’s style and format were incredibly creative and pertinent . . . I’d like to petition universities in America + Britain to give this out as a “Things You Should Know Before Applying”‘ 5*
‘A powerful exploration of mental health and race at a US college with a creative style and structure. . . it refreshed the idea of what a campus novel could be’ 5 *
‘Such a powerful book about our struggles with mental health. What the author does so well is tackle the issue powerfully but also with biting humour’