From Ginny Pisciotta
Author: Deborah Feldman
Unorthodox : the scandalous rejection of my Hasidic roots
Unorthodox is a gripping memoir of girl growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as a member of the Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism. Her father was mentally retarded and her mother left the sect when she was very young, so she was raised by her paternal grandparents.
Devoireh (Deborah) is an independent thinker and never fit into the lifestyle she was born into. As a child she would sneak into the library and bring home forbidden book “English” books which she had to hide. She had high hopes for her arranged marriage at age 17, but marriage brought a new set of problems. At 19, Devoirah gave birth to her son.
Devoireh managed to achieve more independence after they moved upstate where the Satmar community wasn’t so vigilant. She learned to drive and started attending classes…
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