Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (Paperback)

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An insider look at the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn where the author was raised and eventually escaped with her son.  She reveals an insular world of powerful rabbis, arranged marriages, and restrictions on everything from speaking, singing, and reading English language books.  You will read this story and be amazed that this culture exists in 21st century America.  A powerful memoir that is great for book groups. --Kathy – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville


As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman 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 a

About the Author

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

Product Details ISBN-10: 1439187010
ISBN-13: 9781439187012
Published: Simon & Schuster, 10/02/2012
Pages: 272
Language: English