Molly Antopol is the Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. She is a fiction writer whose primary research interests include the Cold War and the Middle East.
At the Radcliffe Institute, Antopol is working on her novel-in-progress, “The After Party.” Set in Israel during the immigration wave in the early 1990s, the book tells the tale of a marriage between two people swept up by the forces of history and the destructive power of ambition.
Her debut collection, The UnAmericans: Stories (W. W. Norton, 2014), won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. It also was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and a finalist for many prizes, including the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the California Book Award, the National Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. It is being published in seven countries. Antopol, who earned her MFA at Columbia University and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, lives in San Francisco.