The Unamericans

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.83 X 0.95 X 8.49 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author

Molly Antopol teaches writing at Stanford University, where she was a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow. A recipient of the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 award, she holds an MFA from Columbia University and lives in San Francisco.


[A] poised debut.
In a word: Wow!
Molly Antopol's stories display that wonderful combination of an original voice with settings that are masterfully rendered. A rich collection, a great read.--Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone
A brave, generous, and effortlessly smart story collection by a young writer with talent to burn.--Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia
This is deeply humane fiction, coursing with the heat of a passionate, sympathetic heart.--Ken Kalfus, author of A Disorder Peculiar to the Country and Equilateral
Allegiances are not always what they seem, in these wonderfully engrossing stories of Old- and New-World Jews cast on the sometimes rough waters of history. Molly Antopol is a vivid chronicler of the good intentions and big misapprehensions of her characters, as we intently watch them try to get it right.--Joan Silber, author of Fools
[Antopol] draws the reader to her deeply flawed characters [with] their keen self-awareness, and their consequent ability to act with a semblance of moral, sometimes even selfless, integrity.
Antopol accomplishes in each of these stories what would take most writers an entire novel to achieve: a fully imagined world.--Dara Horn, author of A Guide for the Perplexed
Evoked with uncommon skill and confidence.--Lauren Waterman
Sharply funny and always intelligent, and readers will find [these stories] immediately appealing.
Antopol writes convincingly and with great empathy.--Carmela Ciuraru
[Will] make you nostalgic, not just for earlier times, but for another era in short fiction. A time when writers such as Bernard Malamud, and Issac Bashevis Singer and Grace Paley roamed the earth.--Meg Wolitzer
Witty and heartbreaking prose.--Kim Winternheimer
[Full of] witty descriptions and engaging characters.--Nadia Kalman
Fresh and offbeat... memorable and promising.--Dwight Garner
A writer of seismic talent...Not since Robert Stone has a writer so examined the nature of disillusionment and the ways in which newfound hope can crack the cement of failed dreams.--Adam Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master's Son
Beautiful, funny, fearless, exquisitely crafted, and truly novelistic in scope...It's clear we're in the hands of a master storyteller--a writer with the emotional heft of Nicole Krauss, the intellectual depth of Saul Bellow, and the penetrating wit of Philip Roth. This book isn't simply powerful and important--it's necessary.--Jesmyn Ward, National Book Award-winning author of Salvage the Bones
An exceptional collection of wide-ranging, powerful, and nuanced stories...You come away with an ache in your soul for all her people and what they were up against, how they triumphed, how they failed, and how they managed, somehow, to endure.--Peter Orner, author of Last Car Over the Saramore Bridge and Love and Shame and Love
Deeply satisfying stories...morally complex and emotionally instructive.--Christine Schutt, author of Florida and All Souls
A smart, empathetic, well-crafted first collection--Antopol is a writer to watch.
[Antopol] is a wry, occasionally funny writer, with an unerring grasp on human nature...--Laura Moser
Unflinchingly honest... Thrilling.--Hannah K. Gold
Outstanding... the stories begin as though the reader is walking into an intimate conversation already underway... [and] the endings are never predictable.--Sandee Brawarsky
The Unamericans is poised to be this year's sensation... the layered riches and historical sweep of its stories make them feel grand, like novels writ small.