How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home
She Writes Press, 9781631529955, 256pp.
Publication Date: August 28, 2015
Writers' League of Texas Discovery 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 PickUncovered 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.