Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

An Unfortunate Woman: A Journey
Richard Brautigan


An Unfortunate Woman: An Unforgettable Journey was the final book written by Richard Brautigan before his death in 1984 and lay unpublished for sixteen years. Originally written in the 160 pages of a loose-leaf notebook, the narrator of the book is trying to come to terms with the death of a friend by going on a personal odyssey which zigzags through time and landscapes, from Oakland to Hawaii, and the wilds of Montana. This book walks the fine line between fiction and memoir, between dark introspection and a lust for life, and in the last pages in particular, marks a gut-wrenching, intense, and ultimately tragic exit from fiction and life itself for the troubled author.

Paperback, 128pp
Canongate, 2001 (2000)
ISBN 9781841951461