SHORTLISTED FOR THE ENGLISH PEN DEBUT FICTION PRIZELONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD`The UnAmericans' is a debut story collection of great poiseA former dissident from Communist-era Prague fears his daughter's new play will cast him in an unflattering light.
A divorced dry cleaner tries to move on, bemused by his daughter's reawakened faith.
A Hollywood actor is imprisoned by the House Un-American Activities Committee and has a fraught reunion with his son.
A young Israeli journalist, left unemployed after America's most recent economic crash, begins dating a middle-aged widower. And in the book's final story, a tour de force spanning three continents and three generations of women, a young American and her Israeli husband are forced to reconsider their marriage after the death of her art-collecting grandmother.This collection is a stunning exploration of characters shaped by the forces of history.
Each finely turned story presents a different, morally suspenseful problem.
Arranging and resolving these problems, Molly Antopol writes with an orchestral richness, in fiction that is intricately but delicately composed.
But `The UnAmericans' is remarkable as much for its heart as its sophistication: each voice is humane, full of warmth and wit; each page brims with a love of life.
The result is a debut collection with the power not only to absorb and thrill, but to move.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 03/02/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007548811