In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.
Deborah Feldman was raised in an insular, oppressive world where she was taught that, as a woman, she wasn’t capable of independent thought. But she found the pluck and determination needed to make the break from that world and has written a brave, riveting account of her journey. Unorthodox is harrowing, yet triumphant.” (Jeannette Walls, #1 bestselling author of The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses)
“Feldman gives us special insight into a closed and repressive world. . . . Her memoir is fresh and tart and utterly absorbing.” (Library Journal)
“Nicely written . . . [An] engaging and at times gripping insight into Brooklyn's Hasidic community.” (Publishers Weekly)
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A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world
Fascinating look behind the 'dark' Satmar curtain