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Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman (Paperback, 2020)

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Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman

Unorthodox is the bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman’s escape from a religious sect, in the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel and Carolyn Jessop’s Escape, featuring a new epilogue by the author.

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. 

Yet in spite of her repressive upbringing, Deborah grew into an independent-minded young woman whose stolen moments reading about the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott helped her to imagine an alternative way of life among the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

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 at nineteen and realized that, regardless of the obstacles, she would have to forge a path—for herself and her son—to happiness and freedom.

Remarkable and fascinating, this “sensitive and memorable coming-of-age story” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) is one you won’t be able to put down.


Format: Paperback | 272 pages

Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.5 x 1.7 | 256g

Publication Date: 19 Mar 2020

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Inc.

Imprint: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks

Publication City/Country: New York, United States

Language: English

Illustrations note: illustrations

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 1982148209

ISBN13: 9781982148201


Condition: Like New 

A book that looks new but has been read. Cover has no visible wear. No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Very minimal wear and tear.