Recently long-listed for the 2014 National Book Award!
Antopol’s debut book, The UnAmericans, is a stunning story collection that explores characters shaped by the forces of history, from America to Israel to the Soviet Union, in critical moments of the last century.
What would you do if your own mother kidnapped you, forced you into a
teahouse full of spinsters, and promised to turn whichever one you chose
into a duchess fit to be your wife? If you are the Duke of Halford, you
choose the least likely candidate, and then bribe her to fail. What
would you do if you were a serving girl offered the chance at 1000
pounds, enough to start your own bookshop and provide a safe haven for
your sister? If you are Pauline Simms, you say “Cor, yes!” And then
you...fail to fail. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of secrets, dreams,
and love discovered.