A Memoir

Book - 2014
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In 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Deborah Feldman packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots. She was determined to forge a better life for herself, away from the rampant oppression, abuse, and isolation of her Satmar upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Out of her experience came the incendiary, bestselling memoir Unorthodox, and now, just a few years later, Feldman has embarked on a triumphant journey of self-discovery--a journey in which she begins life anew as a single mother, an independent woman, and a religious refugee.

Taking her cues from favorite childhood books read in secret and the modern classics only recently introduced to her, Feldman explores the United States, from San Francisco to Chicago, New Orleans, and the Southwest. In her travels, and at home, Feldman redefines her sense of identity--no longer Orthodox, she comes to terms with her Jewishness by discovering a world of like-minded outcasts and misfits committed to self-acceptance and healing. Inwardly, Feldman has navigated remarkable experiences: raising her son in the "real" world, finding solace and solitude in a writing career, and searching for love. Culminating in an unforgettable trip across Europe to retrace her grandmother's life during the Holocaust, Exodus is a deeply moving exploration of the mysterious bonds that tie us to family and religion, the bonds we must sometimes break to find our true selves. Feldman proves herself again to be a captivating storyteller, and her singular life has been an inspiration to countless others and for readers everywhere.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
ISBN: 9780399162770
Branch Call Number: B Feld
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 22, 2014

I cannot agree with the previous review in terms of how engrossing Exodus is. I found it extremely involving, but in a different way than her first book!

Exodus works extremely well with Unorthodox, and the two books _together_ provide a rare quality of insight into the profound and long terms effects of extreme religious belief systems.

Essential reading for those coming to terms with an extreme religious upbringing! And informative for other readers, though perhaps not all will appreciate the actions and reactions of recovery processes in the same way.

MaxineML Apr 07, 2014

A much better book, in terms of writing style, than her first memoir, Unorthodox. Yet, the story in this is not as engrossing as her first, and at times comes across in a disjointed manner. I could empathize with Feldman in her first book, but found it much harder to do in this one. Overall, an interesting read, and recommended for those who have read her first book.


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