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The The Unfortunates,
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The eagerly awaited new novel from the bestselling author of THE FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA. What hope is there for Poppy Minkel? With her kinky hair, out-sticking ears, too yellow neck and appetite for fun, her mother Dora despairs of ever finding her a husband, despite the Minkel's Mustard fortune that seasons Poppy's dubious attractions. Correctness, duty and Dora Minkel Ear Correcting Bandages are the weapons in the Great Husband Hunt -- and a torture to a girl who has her own hazy ideas about beauty, love and marriage. When world events intervene, Poppy's tendency to the unusual is quietly allowed to flourish. Her mother, meanwhile, finds comfort in a bottle of Tilden's Extract and the commanding ways of Aunt Fish. World War I opens new horizons for Poppy. With never a moment of self-doubt, she invents her own extraordinary life in step with the unfolding century. Narrated by a heroine as original and enchanting as Sally Bowles, THE UNFORTUNATES is an hilarious, sweeping celebration of passion's triumph over prudence.
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About the Author

Laurie Graham is a former Daily Telegraph columnist and Contributing Editor to She. The Future Homemakers of America, also published by Fourth Estate, was her sixth novel. She is writing radio plays and working on her next novel.

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Praise for THE FUTURE HOMEMAKERS OF AMERICA: My 'Leave-the-phone-off-the-hook' book of the year. Wonderful.' Val Hennessy, Daily Mail 'Graham has wit and insight to match Nick Hornby, and the entertainment value of Helen Fielding.' Nicolette Jones, Independent 'Superlative. The writing sparkles from first to last.' David Robson, Sunday Telegraph 'Life-affirming. Pure pleasure.' Katie Owen, The Times 'Laugh-out-loud funny; intelligent; moving; has more delicious roll-off-the-tongue one-liners than Seinfeld. One of those books you buy six copies of to send to all your old friends.' Julie Morrice, Scotsman

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