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
- 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
- Marie Claire