Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | April 14, 2014

4-14-2014 Host Kathleen Marshall Speaks With Author Molly Antopol About Her Award-Winning Debut Book of Short Stories ‘The UnAmericans’


Molly AntopolMolly 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 W.W. Norton this February, and in six other countries. The book is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indies Introduce Debut Authors and Indie Next pick. 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 StoryEcotone, Glimmer Train, The Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Mississippi Review Prize Stories, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Rumpus, Southern Humanities Review 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.

The stories in this collection have been described by reviewers as novelistic; each with a depth and breadth beyond what one would normally find in a short story.  They are told from numerous perspectives (young, old; American, European and Israeli), span continents (North America, Europe and the Middle East) and traverse time (from World War II to now).Unamericans_Cover

The stories took ten years to write, compile and finally publish.  Molly Antopol says of her writing, “This is going to sound corny, but it’s true: writing’s the way I make sense of the world.”

To learn more about Molly Antopol and The UnAmericans go to her website   .


To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Molly Antopol click the following link:     Kathleen With Molly Antopol

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