Thursday, January 16, 2014

The UnAmericans by Molly Antopol

Willow, the tight constraining font used to grace the cover of The UnAmericans is a perfect fit for the rigid social constructs under which the characters in Molly Antopol’s powerful debut operate. The forces of Communism; of displacement; of religion; all cast large shadows here as does, yes, America. Raised in a Jewish family under the shadow of McCarthyism, Antopol’s stories show that while history’s reach is large and immeasurable, it is, in the end, its effect on more familiar interpersonal ties and commonplace drives that leads to our potential unraveling. These are wide-ranging, hard-hitting stories from a writer to watch.

A longer review of this book will be published in the February 19 issue of The BookBrowse Review. Thank you to the publishers for an ARC.

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