In 2009, Deborah Feldman was a wife and mother living in the insular ultra-religious Jewish Satmar community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Feeling trapped, she took her young son and left the community, her family and her husband for a new life.
Her memoir, Exodus , a sequel to her previous memoir, follows Ms. Feldman’s journey as she travels to previously unknown parts of the United States and Europe. In Europe, she travels to birth places of her Holocaust survivor grandparents while in the company of several men, one of whom is a grandson of a Nazi.
I haven’t yet read Unorthodox, so I can only go by Exodus. I suspect that Ms. Feldman’s journey is no different than anyone whose who raised in an insular ultra religious community and makes the choice to leave their family and community. I did enjoy the book, but I would have liked to see a balance of her rebellion from her roots and her acceptance of her roots.
Do I recommend this book? Maybe, but only if you have read her previous memoir.