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The UnAmericans by [Antopol, Molly]
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A writer of seismic talent. --Adam Johnson, author of "The Orphan Master's Son"

Beautiful, funny, fearless, exquisitely crafted and truly novelistic in scope. --Jesmyn Ward, author of "Salvage the Bones"

Deeply satisfying stories...morally complex and emotionally instructive. --Christine Schutt, author of Florida and All Souls

A National Book Foundation "Five Under Thirty Five" AuthorA 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"

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

Deeply humane fiction, coursing with the heat of a passionate, sympathetic heart. --Ken Kalfus, author of A Disorder Peculiar to the Country and Equilateral"

Wonderfully engrossing stories. . . . . 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"

An exceptional collection 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"

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. "

[A] poised debut. "

Evoked with uncommon skill and confidence. --Lauren Waterman"

In a word: Wow! "

[Antopol] is a wry, occasionally funny writer, with an unerring grasp on human nature --Laura Moser"

Witty and heartbreaking prose. --Kim Winternheimer"

Fresh and offbeat memorable and promising. --Dwight Garner"

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 clearwe'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"

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

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"

[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

[A] poised debut.

Evoked with uncommon skill and confidence.--Lauren Waterman

In a word: Wow!

A smart, empathetic, well-crafted first collection Antopol is a writer to watch."

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

A memorable collection of melancholic vignettes about identity, place, and coupling.--Ann Hulbert

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 fromColumbiaUniversityandlives in San Francisco.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1261 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (27 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EH189RE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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This was a strong and well-written collection of short stories with well-chosen themes. However it was let down by some passages which just weren't very credible. For example, the rather cold and over-educated 'row' between a married couple right at the end just isn't believable, nor is the strange and sudden attachment of a child who has lost her mother to her father's one-night stand. These rather let the book down. I also found the male characters a little too sympathetic, and whilst the female characters tended to be stronger and more believable the men in it were always hapless victims.
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Eight stories that explore the themes of identity (national, familial, personal all interlaced in an intricate web) and displacement. This debut collection by National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' award recipient Molly Antopol pushes the boundaries of the American short story, as the title suggests. But the title takes a more literal and menacing significance with mention of the House Un-American Activities Committee in "The Unknown Soldier", which jails movie actor Alexi Liebman, for alleged communist dealings, which Is symptomatic of the heavier political undercurrents embedded in her stories.

The stories move from Tel Aviv, Belarus to San Francisco, with seamless ease, suggesting the cosmopolitan span of Antopol's artistic vision. She is equally incisive whether she is dealing with a divorced Jewish dry-cleaner in NYC on his way to perilous heartbreak with a young Ukrainian widow, while he struggles to accommodate his daughter's marriage to an orthodox Jewish husband in "The Old World", or when an old lady tells her granddaughter about her parents making her crawl the sewers to escape the Nazis in "My Grandmother Tells Me This Story", in an almost parodic whimsical manner.

Displacement can be geographic, or it can even be relational, as a pair of Israeli farmer brothers serving in the army finds out when the older and celebrated boy comes home from Hebron for the weekend and suffers a mishap that kickstarts a reversal of roles with his younger brother in "Minor Heroics".
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Beautifully written. Unusual perspective on immigrants in America. Poignant, haunting characterisation. I would highly recommend.
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I would so much recommend it to evey one! Great great great book! Very intelligent...
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