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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Writers' League of Texas Discovery Award

Wordwrite Award

Finalist: Pirate's Alley Faulkner Prize, May Sarton Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, Chautauqua Prize

a Redbook Magazine and Good Housekeeping Best of the Year

Houston Chronicle #1 Pick

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