February 27, 2012 at 4:00 am

Deborah Feldman was born into Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidic community, a tight-knit enclave where she never felt comfortable. After her marriage at age 17 to a man she barely knew, she entered college in Manhattan. When Feldman finally decided that her only option was to leave the community, she was surprised to find how fully she could reinvent herself just one borough away.

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