Meredith's Reviews > Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
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May 23, 12

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

This was fascinating to me because living in Williamsburg, I have always wondered about the Hasidim and why they choose to live as they do. I know they wonder now why I also choose to live the way I do, but part of me can't help but be shocked as the author relates stories of the overwhelming repression she faced as a child and young woman growing up in the Satmar community. It was particularly affecting for me to find that she loved (and snuck out of the library) my favorite childhood books, like Matilda and Anne of Green Gables. Two lives couldn't be more different, but we both grew up at the same time (she is 24, I am 25) identifying with Matilda, who finds solace in books and learning.

A quick read, I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the Hasidic way of life, and hear the moving story of one young girl breaking free from what her life is supposed to be. There are many moments where I love the flow of her words, the description of things, and those are just as interesting as the secrets of her rejected society that is famously shut off from mainstream life.

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