Deborah Feldman was raised as a Satmar in Brooklyn but today attends Sarah Lawrence College. Unorthodox off ers her perspective on the dangers of all fundamentalisms as she portrays a community where social norms are shunned and hidden, a group virtually shut off from everyone else. Small yet powerful, such communities know that the outside world can only cause some to question their existence.
“[Unorthodox] describes an oppressive community in which secular education is minimal, outsiders are feared and disdained, English-language books areforbidden, mental illness is left untreated, abuse and other crimes go unreported . . . a surprisingly moving, well-written and vivid coming-of-age tale.” – The Jewish Week
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