‘Unorthodox’: a heroic escape from oppression

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic RootsUnorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like many other readers, I discovered the existence of ‘Unorthodox’ while binge-watching the enthralling four-part series of the same name. The memoir (a truer version of the author’s experiences of growing up in and later escaping an ultra-conservative sect of Judaism) was even more shocking and engrossing than the films. Well-written but ‘raw’, the author reveals the inter-generational oppression of women within the sect through exclusion, ignorance, and difference. Her decision to escape, and then to disclose intimate details in a published piece, is nothing short of heroic. Not a literary masterpiece but a riveting read that makes me grateful for freedoms that I take for granted.

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About Debbie Terranova

I write stories of mystery and adventure (with a touch of romance) which inspire adult readers to question historical 'truths' and discover alternative meanings. I call this approach ‘fiction with a conscience’. While settings, historical events, and some characters in my novels are based on solid research, others are the creation of a vivid imagination. I have three stand-alone novels and a fourth due for release in early 2021.
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