Short Story Month recommendations: THE UN-AMERICANS


THE UN-AMERICANS came out of nowhere in early 2014 and blew me away. Molly Antopol was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” writers to watch in late 2013, based on their reading of advance copies of THE UN-AMERICANS. I can’t remember the last time I was so impressed by a new/young writer (although a few have come close). Antopol explores the lives of those outside the mainstream culture, whether because of ethnicity, religion, politics, or nationality. Her insight into human nature is psychotherapeutic and her polished prose is a pleasure to read. I’m getting impatient for her follow-up.


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