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Deborah Feldman was born and raised in the Hasidic community of Satmar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her marriage was arranged at the age of 17, and her son was born two years later.

At the age of 25 she published the New York Times Bestselling memoir, UNORTHODOX: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots (Simon and Schuster, 2012) and two years later she followed up with EXODUS, a memoir of post-religious alienation and identity (Blue Rider Press, 03/2014.)

Currently she is working in two mediums, film and writing, in an effort to learn more about women's relationships with their bodies and how they perceive themselves as influenced by the different cultures they were raised in. She is most interested in exploring the intersection between g
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Unorthodox: The Scandalous ...
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Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"Incredibly interesting to learn about another culture. Heartbreaking to read about someone trying to fit in that no longer does. Truly shows how powerful community is."
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"I was totally engrossed In this book from the beginning. It is the story of a young woman, actually a child in an extremely religious Jewish sect in Brooklyn and what life was like for her. This is not a happy book, as this young woman actually fe..." Read more of this review »
Exodus by Deborah Feldman
"Powerful. Exodus is a deeply moving, painful tale of self discovery and transformation.

I am aware that Deborah Feldman's actions and books are very controversial, and people claim that she has lied and left out important details... While I could..." Read more of this review »
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"A wonderful story! I love how strong she was all throughout the novel. I truly felt happy for her as she escaped that life of unrealistic expectations and sexist roles. I never realized how sexist of a religion Judaism is but I'm so glad that some..." Read more of this review »
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“The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.”
Czesław Miłosz
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“Learning

To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.”
Czesław Miłosz
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“I am hungry for power, but not to lord over others; only to own myself.”
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“I'd rather believe in reincarnation than hell. The idea of an afterlife is much so more tolerable when returning is an option.”
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“If my mind cannot be tied down, if my dreams cannot be diminished, then no amount of restraints can really guarantee my quiet submission.”
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“Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.”
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“In a room where
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how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.”
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wfpoppet I just noticed that there is quite a long queue for your book in my city's library system - made me excited for you that there is such interest in your book!


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