Unfortunates.

by Chukwu, J. K.,

Format: Print Book 2023
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Summary

An edgy, bitingly funny debut about a queer, half-Nigerian college sophomore who, enraged and exhausted by the racism at her elite college, is determined to reveal the truth about The Unfortunates--the unlucky subset of Black undergrads who Just. Keep. Disappearing.

Sahara is Not Okay. Entering her sophomore year, she already feels like a failure: her body is too much, her love life is nonexistent, she's not Nigerian enough for her family, her grades are subpar, and, well, the few Black classmates she has are vanishing--or dying. Sahara herself is close to giving up: depression has been her longtime "Life Partner." She believes that this narrative--taking the form of an irreverent, no-holds-barred "thesis" addressed to the powerful University Committee that will judge her--may be her last chance to document the Unfortunates' experience before she joins their ranks...But maybe, just maybe, she and her complex community of BIPOC women aren't ready to go out without a fight.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A self-styled Angry Black Girl, university sophomore Sahara, who is half-Nigerian and half-American, is plagued by a number of challenges: a lesbian, she has a killer crush on another student, Mariah, who already has a partner; she routinely experiences a surfeit of casual racism and bigotry; she cuts herself and has a serious drinking problem, because, as she puts it, she thinks too much; and, worst of all, she secretly suffers from serious depression and is planning to kill herself, goaded into action by what she calls her LP (Life Partner), the personification of her depression with whom she has extended conversations. All of this is presented by Sahara as a faux honors thesis, which is, in fact, as she puts it, "a soundtrack to my life"; hence, each chapter is called a "Track." They record her mental and emotional deterioration, exacerbated by Mariah's death. Overwhelmed, Sahara has a serious breakdown, which just might be her salvation. 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. Oh, did I mention the Unfortunates? They are the eponymous students who have died at the university. RIP."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects ordreq 1/23/23 xa
Publisher Harper,2023
Description p. cm.
ISBN 9780358650263
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