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In 2009, at the age of 23, Deborah Feldman packed up her young son and their few possessions and walked away from her insular Hasidic roots. She was determined to forge a better life for herself, away from the rampant oppression, abuse, and isolation of her Satmar upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Out of her experience came the incendiary, best-selling memoir Unorthodox, and now, just a few years later, Feldman has embarked on a triumphant journey of self-discovery - a journey in which she begins life anew as a single mother, an independent woman, and a religious refugee.

Taking her cues from favorite childhood books read in secret and the modern classics only recently introduced to her, Feldman explores the United States, from San Francisco to Chicago, New Orleans, and the Southwest. In her travels, and at home, Feldman redefines her sense of identity - no longer Orthodox, she comes to terms with her Jewishness by discovering a world of like-minded outcasts and misfits committed to self-acceptance and healing. Inwardly, Feldman has navigated remarkable experiences: raising her son in the “real” world, finding solace and solitude in a writing career, and searching for love.

Culminating in an unforgettable trip across Europe to retrace her grandmother’s life during the Holocaust, Exodus is a deeply moving exploration of the mysterious bonds that tie us to family and religion, the bonds we must sometimes break to find our true selves. Feldman proves herself again to be a captivating storyteller, and her singular life has been an inspiration to countless others and for listeners everywhere.

©2014 Deborah Feldman (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Good Follow Up to Unorthodox

I certainly preferred the first book but this was also a great read. It felt a bit unorganized but I almost think that was the point since the author is describing a journey through her roots to find a new sense of belonging (and a new home). Highly recommend

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Awesome story.

The story is amazing but the reader lacked depth. At times she reads too quickly.

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  • Charlene S. Gibson
  • 2020-05-01

A Stream of Conscious Experience...

I waited to do both of my book reviews until I had completed listening to both Unorthodox and Exodus. I expected Exodus to have the same level of depth and Intrigue as Unorthodox and left feeling disappointed.

Providing a disjointed account of her travels while she sought to understand her grandmother's Holocaust experience and more about her own life, she shares random and iften disjointed stories about certain people, experiences with anti-Semitism and her life after leaving her community.

I loved Unorthodox...both the book and the series, but feel that this one will only be for die-hard fans who want to learn a little bit more. I expected much more depth and insight and felt that both were promised and so I left the book feeling underwhelmed.

That said, I highly recommend Unorthodox and this one only if you want more of her subsequent experience told in her own voice and don't mind the lack of introspection that it seems to promise and you are okay with following along a stream of conscious experience.

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  • Débora Finkielsztejn
  • 2020-05-19

Touching

When I finished listening to "Unorthodox", I thought I needed more of Debora Feldman's story. Then I realized that she had a second book and that she was the one reading it. One cannot miss her second book. I cried in so many paragraphs. Just love it.

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  • Sean Devereaux
  • 2020-05-19

Unoriginal writing. All over the place.

we really didint need to hear about every.single.guy that she came across and slept or didint sleep with, it got tedious and boring. Also she seems to be often shocked by things that don't require that kind of response.
p.s I am a woman, the account is under my husband's name.

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  • Dyan Constantine
  • 2020-05-26

What a Drag

The story was pointless as a follow up to Unorthodox. I am still trying to figure why we needed to hear this story and why it could have been an extension to the previous book. I learnt nothing, just that the author seemed judgmental.

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  • Clr
  • 2020-05-11

Exodus from Unorthodoc

Really enjoyed finding out what happened after Deborah left Berlin and how her life outside came together from within.

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  • Nancy
  • 2021-03-25

Great idea to read her own book

In the background is Debrahs’ love for her grandmother, who was lost to her. The book is not just about the author trying to find herself but also to “become” her grandma in her youth, to deeply identify with her sufferings . In so doing the author tells us about the Holocaust from one person’s view . We learn too about how Europe has processed their history.

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  • megan nixon
  • 2020-11-23

Obnoxious

I loved Unorthodox, but this book Was obnoxious. The relationships she’s entered and her obsession with making every single tiny detail in her life about about being Jewish even though she made such a big deal of leaving her religion was just like, shuuuut up already. I couldn’t even finish it

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  • Rivkah Kay
  • 2020-10-30

Deborah’s exodus

Deborah’s description of the changes in her life after her departure from Hassidic Judaism is interesting to hear. I would have preferred a different narrator but the author still did a pretty good job.

It is tragic to have to choose between losing one’s family and losing oneself. In the end I believe she made the right choice.

I was disappointed that she did not share more about her relationship with her mom and son so I hope for a 3rd book.

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  • 2020-10-23

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  • Joan Zak
  • 2020-09-28

Much better than Unorthodox

A more mature Deborah writes this book and, while still emphasizing unfairness, gives us interesting examples of different cultures. Overall, her journey is more positive. Her mispronunciation of some words is distracting and surprising for someone who prides herself on her English.

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  • Laura
  • 2020-04-13

Love Deborah Feldman, was turned off by "accents"

I really liked Unorthodox as well as Exodus specially because of Feldman's personal narration in her quest for identity. This is a beautiful exploration of what we think we are, and what we think the world is.

I was, however, almost ofended by the imitation of accents. I wish audiobooks directors stopped asking readers to do this. Sometimes I have the same reaction when male readers imitate female voices in such a way that hears comical. I'm sorry to say that in Exodus, the imitation of non native English speakers sound almost like mockery. In an exploration like this one, it's a painful contradiction. It underlines the idea of otherness, of the narrator being judgemental (although I'm sure that's not the goal), and of a very limited idea of how one can express oneself.

Same thing with the so, so old and tired mention of "Africa" as a poor place of hunger and the mention of poverty in "Third World Countries". I guess that being part of an othered group doesn't save us from pointing our finger towards others and reducing them to mean representation.

This aside, these are beautiful books, worthy of a careful, attentive reading. I was moved very deeply, even when I come from a world that can't be more different. Even if I'm very much an "other" for the storyteller.