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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)

She currently lives with her son in Berlin, Germany.

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Deborah Feldman and 2 other people liked Nika's review of Unorthodox:
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"„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 Rege" Read more of this review »
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"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 Haut" Read more of this review »
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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 literaris" 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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“I am hungry for power, but not to lord over others; only to own myself.”
Deborah Feldman

“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

“I can't bear the thought of living an entire lifetime on this planet and not getting to do all the things I dream of doing, simply because they aren't allowed. I don't think it will ever be enough, this version of freedom, until it is all-inclusive. I don't think I can be happy unless I'm truly independent.”
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.”
Czeslaw Milosz

“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.”
Czeslaw Milosz

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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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