Cut Me Loose : Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, a fundamentalist sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, Leah and her ten siblings were raised to worship two things: God and the men who ruled their world. But the tradition-bound future Leah envisioned for herself was cut short when, at sixteen, she was caught exchanging letters with a male friend, a violation of religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Leah's parents were unforgiving. Afraid, in part, that her behavior would affect the marriage prospects of their other children, they put her on a plane and cut off ties. Cast out in New York City, without a father or husband tethering her to the Orthodox community, Leah was unprepared to navigate the freedoms of secular life. She spent the next few years using her sexuality as a way of attracting the male approval she had been conditioned to seek out as a child, while becoming increasingly unfaithful to the religious dogma of her past. Fast-paced, mesmerizing, and brutally honest, Cut Me Loose tells the story of one woman's harrowing struggle to define herself as an individual. Through Leah's eyes, we confront not only the oppressive world of religious fundamentalism, but also the broader issues that face even the most secular young women as they grapple with sexuality and identity.
- 137.16 x 190.5 x 12.7mm | 68.04g
- 21 Jan 2014
- Tantor Media, Inc
- Old Saybrook, CT, United States
- Unabridged edition
"This is the kind of extraordinary book you'll finish in a day, and think about for months and years after." ---Koren Zailckas, bestselling author of Smashed
About Leah Vincent
Leah Vincent is a writer and activist. The first person in her family to go to college, she went on to earn a master's degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She writes for various publications, including the "Huffington Post" and the "Jewish Daily Forward." Emily Durante has narrated the Midnight Twins trilogy by Jacquelyn Mitchard, "Casting Off" by Nicole R. Dickson, and "Smooth Talking Stranger" by Lisa Kleypus, and directed the Earphones Award-winning performance of "Heaven's Keep" narrated by Buck Schirner.