Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent

This story is sad and disturbing.  Leah was raised in an ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish household, daughter of a Rabbi, and she was, by most people's standards, only a little rebellious, but it was enough that her family sent her off to ultra-religious schools and then, when she was only 17 years old, sent her out on her own, with a minimum wage job and low rent apartment, and, essentially, abandoned her.  She tells the story, through her young eyes, of her failures and rebellions and how she was raped and mistreated because she was so ignorant of the ways of the world that she did not know how to relate to other people, and especially to men.  She also tells how she finally rose above that and got into Harvard for graduate school and became successful and now has a happy life. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

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