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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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Average rating: 3.64 · 16,030 ratings · 1,932 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
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3.66 avg rating — 15,413 ratings — published 2012 — 11 editions
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3.10 avg rating — 614 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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I have been asked, in various ways, by various outlets, to share my thoughts about Faigy Mayer’s sudden, tragic death. The truth is, I don’t feel comfortable expressing them through the filtering lens of journalism. I think the best place for my personal feelings and opinions are here on my own blog.

My first, reflexive response to news of her death was not what you’d expect, I guess. I was imp...

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Deborah Feldman and 1 other person liked Nika's review of Unorthodox:
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"„Unorthodox“ gibt Einblicke in eine Welt, die für viele von uns nicht existiert. Es ist kaum vorzustellen, dass diese Parallelgesellschaft direkt in der Weltmetropole New York existiert und dass die chassidische Satmar Gemeinde mit ihren eigenen R..." Read more of this review »
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
"Es ist im Grunde eine Coming of Age Geschichte, in der wir erfahren, wie ein junges Mädchen, das unter extrem unfreien Bedingungen aufwächst, es dennoch wagt, sich zu befreien. Feldman erzählt diese Geschichte, die einem teilweise sehr unter die H..." Read more of this review »
Deborah Feldman and 3 other people liked Booklunatic's review of Unorthodox:
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"4 sehr gute Sterne

Trotz einiger Längen in der ersten Hälfte des Buches war es für mich insgesamt eine bereichernde Lektüre. Feldman verschafft dem Leser hier einen intimen und faszinierenden Einblick in eine fremdartige Welt. Und sie tut es litera..." 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.”
Deborah Feldman

“I'd rather believe in reincarnation than hell. The idea of an afterlife is much so more tolerable when returning is an option.”
Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

“As far as I can remember, I have always wanted everything from life, everything it can possibly give me. This desire separates me from people who are willing to settle for less. I cannot even comprehend how people's desires can be small, ambitions narrow and limited, when the possibilities are endless”
Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

“Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.”
Czesław Miłosz

“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.”
Czesław Miłosz

“Learning

To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.”
Czesław Miłosz

“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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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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