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The instant New York Times 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
The Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism is as mysterious as it is
intriguing to outsiders. In this arresting memoir, Deborah Feldman
reveals what life is like trapped within a religious tradition that
values silence and suffering over individual freedoms.
Deborah 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. It was stolen moments spent
with the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa
May Alcott that helped her to imagine an alternative way of life.
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, for
the sake of herself and her son, she had to escape.