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The UnAmericans: Stories

W.W. Norton

“Every now and then a story collection catches fire. Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, Junot Diaz’s Drown, George Saunders’ Tenth of December. The debut story collection from the young writer Molly Antopol, 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 … This collection matters so much. It signals a shift in sensibility … This young woman writing these little stories just rips your heart out … Antopol appears to be at the beginning of an illustrious career.” —Benjamin Percy, ESQUIRE


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).