Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home (Paperback)

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People throw the word “compelling” around a lot when it comes to books, but I truly mean it for this powerful memoir. Lax’s prose flows like true memory, connecting small moments across decades, tying little incidents to larger ones in a truly mesmerizing read. She beautifully tells her story of converting to Hasidic Judaism, spending thirty years as a covered woman of the community, and eventually finding new  strength: to break loose of the strictures that had once meant so much to her, and to live as her authentic self. Immerse yourself in this jouney--you'll feel transformed, too.

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Uncovered is the only memoir to tell of a gay woman leaving the hasidic fold. Told in understated, crystalline prose, Leah Lax begins her story as a young teen leaving her secular home to become a hasidic Jew, then plumbs the nuances of her arranged marriage, fundamentalist faith, and hasidic motherhood as, all the while, creative, sexual, and spiritual longings tremble beneath the surface.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781631529955
ISBN-10: 1631529951
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date: August 28th, 2015
Pages: 256
Language: English