Deborah Feldman was raised in the Satmar Hasidic community in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York. She lives in Berlin with her son.
A brave, riveting account... Unorthodox is harrowing, yet triumphant. - Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle A sensitive and memorable coming-of-age story... Imagine Frank McCourt as a Jewish virgin, and you've got Unorthodox in a nutshell. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Compulsively readable, Unorthodox relates a unique coming-of-age story that manages to speak personally to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider in her own life. - School Library Journal It's one of those books you can't put down. - Joan Rivers, in The New York Post An unprecedented view into a Hasidic community that few outsiders ever experience. - Minneapolis Star-Tribune [Feldman's] matter-of-fact style masks some penetrating insights. - The New York Times Eloquent, appealing, and just emotional enough... No doubt girls all over Brooklyn are buying this book, hiding it under their mattresses, reading it after lights out-and contemplating, perhaps for the first time, their own escape. - The Huffington Post Riveting... extraordinary. - Marie Claire