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The UnAmericans

W. W. Norton

A stunning exploration of characters shaped by the forces of history, the debut work of fiction by a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree.

Moving from modern-day Jerusalem to McCarthy-era Los Angeles to communist Prague and back again, The UnAmericans is a stunning exploration of characters shaped by the forces of history. Molly Antopol’s critically acclaimed debut will long be remembered for its "poise and gravity" (New York Times), each story "so full of heartache and humor, love and life…[it’s] as though we’re absorbing a novel’s worth of insight" (Jesmyn Ward, Salon).

About the Author

Molly Antopol’s first book, The UnAmericans (W.W. Norton), won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award, France’s French-American Prize, the Ribalow Prize and a California Book Award Silver Medal. The book was a longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Sami Rohr Prize, among others. 

Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Granta, in the O. Henry Prize and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She’s the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University; the American Academy in Berlin; the American Library in Paris; the University of Venice in Italy; Columbia University, where she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing; and Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer. She has also taught at Harvard University and the Michener Center at the University of Texas in Austin. She's finishing up a novel, which will also be published by Norton.