This was a very emotional and touching novel that I read last summer. Recommendations are high for this book.
By: Deborah Feldman
Discussion Date: Friday, June 28th
Discussion Leader: Joan
From Deborah Feldman’s Website:
In this arresting memoir about growing up in—and ultimately escaping from—a strict Hasidic community, Deborah Feldman reveals what life is like trapped within a religious sect that values silence and suffering over individual freedoms.
The Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism is as mysterious as it is intriguing to outsiders. Unorthodox sheds new light on this subculture through one woman’s harrowing tale of repression and self-discovery.
Raised in the cloistered world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Deborah Feldman struggled as a naturally curious child to make sense of and obey the rigid strictures that governed her daily life. From what she could read to whom she could speak with, virtually every aspect of her identity was tightly controlled.
Married at age seventeen to a man she had only met for thirty minutes, and denied a…
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