This piece was originally published in The Times of Israel.
PALO ALTO, California — Molly Antopol doesn’t exactly go by the book when it comes to following the usual advice for young writers. With her debut short story collection, “The UnAmericans,” published this month by W.W. Norton & Company, she shows that writing what you know is not always the way to go.
Judging by the insight with which she portrays the inner lives of characters ranging from a Czech dissident writer to an Israeli soldier to a teenage Holocaust-era partisan, it’s clear Antopol is interested in exploring worlds far away in time and space from Stanford University, where she teaches creative writing to undergraduates.
“I like imagining lives that are very different from my own,” she tells The Times of Israel over lunch on a recent afternoon at a café across from campus.
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