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Molly Antopol    

Acclaimed Fiction Writer, 5 Under 35 Honoree

Molly Antopol is a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow and current Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. She’s a recipient of the 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. Her debut story collection, The UnAmericans, was published by W.W. Norton in February 2014, and longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction and PEN Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.

About The UnAmericans, The New York Times writes, “It’s one of the achievements of Antopol’s stories that her men and women seem to be questioning everything, all the time. Political awareness is a birthright for Antopol’s characters.” The book is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indies Introduce Debut Authors and Indie Next pick. “[The UnAmericans] isn’t simply powerful and important,” writes novelist Jesmyn Ward says that, “it’s necessary.”

Chosen by Meg Wolizter as an NPR Best Book of 2014, Wolitzer praises The UnAmericans saying: “These stories reminded me of another era in short fiction, a time when Bernard Malamud and Isaac Bashevis Singer and Grace Paley were writing. The settings include Tel Aviv, Prague and Ukraine, and the characters are sometimes Israeli or Russian. Molly Antopol’s decision to spread out geographically allows her a way to take stock of the delicate connections between people in and out of couples and families. Sometimes the stories resemble miniature novels, rich and eventful and populated, and Antopol has an appealing, surprising tendency to keep going past the spot where you thought she was going to wrap the whole thing up.”

Antopol received her M.F.A. from Columbia University, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming on NPR’s This American Life, online at The New Yorker, and in One Story, Ecotone, The Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review Prize Stories, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Rumpus and elsewhere. She is also a writer-in-residence at the Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania. She lives in San Francisco, and is at work on a novel, The After Party, which will also be published by Norton.


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