2014 National Book Award Longlist, Fiction


The UnAmericans Antopol, credit Debbi CooperThe UnAmericans

W.W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 978-0393241136


Molly Antopol’s debut story collection takes us from America to Israel to the Soviet Union in critical moments of the last century. An absentee father, a former dissident from communist-era Prague, needles his adult daughter for details about her newly commissioned play when he fears it will cast him in an unflattering light. An actor, imprisoned during the Red Scare for playing up his communist leanings to get a part with a leftist film director, is shamed by his act when he reunites with his precocious nine-year-old son. A young Israeli journalist, laid off after America’s most recent economic crash, questions her life path when she begins dating a middle-aged widower still in mourning for his wife. These characters and more in Antopol’s stories struggle for footing in an uncertain world, hounded by forces beyond their control.


Molly Antopol teaches writing at Stanford University, where she was a recent Stegner Fellow. Selected in 2013 by the National Book Foundation as a 5 Under 35 Author, Antopol has contributed to NPR’s This American Life and All Things Considered, online at The New Yorker, and to many periodicals, including The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Elle, Oxford American, One Story, Ecotone, and elsewhere. She lives in San Francisco and is at work on a novel.


- Molly's 5 Under35 page and interview
- mollyantopol.com
- Twitter: @MollyAntopol


Photo credit: Debbi Cooper