Unorthodox : The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

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The instant "New York Times" bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman's escape from a religious sect, in the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "Infidel "and Carolyn Jessop's "Escape." The Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism is as mysterious as it is intriguing to outsiders. In this arresting memoir, Deborah Feldman reveals what life is like trapped within a religious tradition that values silence and suffering over individual freedoms. Deborah grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. It was stolen moments spent with the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott that helped her to imagine an alternative way of life. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between Deborah's desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until she gave birth at nineteen and realized that, for the sake of herself and her son, she had to escape.

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • black & white halftones
  • 1439187002
  • 9781439187005
  • 53,633

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Feldman s evolution as well as her look inside a closed community make for fascinating reading her storyteller s sense and a keen eye for details give readers a you-are-there sense of what it is like to be different when everyone else is the same. "Booklist"

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About Deborah Feldman

Deborah Feldman was raised in the Hasidic community of Satmar in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. She attends Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City with her son.

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