In Uncovered, Leah Lax tells her storybeginning as a young teen who left her liberal, secular home for life as a Hasidic Jew, and ending as a forty-something woman who has to abandon the only world she’s known for thirty years in order to achieve personal freedom. In understated, crystalline prose, Lax details her experiences with arranged marriage, cult-like faith, and motherhood during her years with the Hasidim, and explores how her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings simmer beneath the surface throughout her time there.
The first book to tell the story of a gay woman who spent thirty adult years in the Hasidic fold, Uncovered is the moving story of Lax’s long journey toward finding a home where she truly belongs.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Donna Postel is fascinated by all kinds of stories and loves telling them. From memoir and biography to literary fiction, romance, mystery, and suspense, Donna uses her innate curiosity, talent, and decades of experience on stage and in the recording studio to bring books to life.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley.com in exchange for a honest review. Uncovered is Leah's story of how she became free of her past and learned to live how she was meant to. Leah left her home as a teenager to live life as a Hasidic Jew only to discover 30 years later that she is living a lie. From her arranged marriage in her early 20's to a man that doesn't show affection, to her having 7 wonderful children and finally discovering that life has no boundaries once you let go of all the rules and be who you are meant to be. This book is a eye opening into Hasidic Jews and all of their customs and rules that they have to abide by. Leah had gone through her life living what is expected of her and I can only hope that she can be who she wants now living a free life. Thank You to Leah Lax for sharing your story to the whole world!
This is a beautiful and sensitively-written book, in which the author takes us on a journey from her adolescence into marriage and motherhood, and chronicles her many changes and decisions at mid-life. She writes about her life as a Hasidic/Orthodox Jew, and both the Jewish as well as the non-Jewish reader will find her writing to be clear and elegant. The mikveh (the Jewish ritual bath) becomes a central feature of her memoir, since it is a monthly ritual activity with numerous "layers"--purity/impurity, religious commandment, vulnerability, discovery, growth. She weaves pieces of her own family history with the life she develops with her husband, her children, and her community, leading us to better understand her development as a person and as a woman. She sensitively presents her relationship with her husband, and how she copes with his illness at a time she is dealing with her own issues of identity and sexual orientation. We also witness the rejection she faces from her religious community and the loss of her friends and decades-long support system, as she pursues study in creative writing. This book is definitely a "great read" and I highly recommend it.
Well written, interesting and insightful .
Uncovered by Leah Lax is a riveting memoir about one young woman’s search for the stability and unconditional love her childhood home failed to provide. As a 19-year-old University of Texas student, Lax joins a Hasidic community and, in short order, marries a fellow student she has just met and gives birth to seven children. Over the course of her marriage, she becomes increasingly aware of the burdens and restrictions placed on Hasidic women, as well as the lack of connection to her husband Levi, consumed with work and the myriad requirements of an observant Hasidic man. The all-loving, all-accepting God whom Lax, as a young wife and mother, dedicates her life becomes more remote as she begins to question a law that relegates women to a secondary place in the Orthodox community. Some of the most moving scenes occur at the mikvah, the ritual monthly bath taken by a married woman after the end of each menstruation. Lax renders the bathhouse setting with keen attention to sensory detail so that a reader with no connection to this place or ritual feels firmly grounded in this unique environment. Here is where Lax, stripped and scrubbed, immerses herself in the deep tiled pool, ostensibly to purify herself prior to returning to her husband’s bed. Each submersion becomes an intimate exchange with God, for it is only here, sans wig and clothing, that Lax feels truly herself and ever more aware of her inability to fully accept her role as a covered woman. This awareness leads to yet more self-discovery: her gifts as a writer and her dawning realization that she is a lesbian. Uncovered is as much about the journey of a soul as the progression of a life, and Lax’s precise, yet lyrical prose elevates it to the level of art.
Leah Lax came from a hard childhood and found refuge in a religion that her family was a part of, but a specific sect within the religion with very specific ways of living. I believe someone who has a hard childhood finds solace in the structure of a very organized religion. She gets married at a young age and has many children and after she has lived almost a full life, she finds that her marriage isn't what she wants and she takes an interesting turn. As a former religious studies major in college, I naturally have an interest on organized religion in all forms. I loved studying the correlation between the evolution of religions and the evolution of people and societies. I say all this because with this, I liked reading this book. I loved reading how a sect of a religion has tried to keep its ideals as the "outside" world has changed and may start "coming in." I don't read a ton of memoirs. I like to read memoirs when I have an interest in the person or the "theme" of their memoir or life story. If you are a reader of memoirs, I would suggest this one. If you are like me and are interested in people and religion then you would enjoy this one.