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Publisher Description

The powerful coming-of-age story of an ultra-Orthodox child who was born to become a rabbinic leader and instead became a woman
Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, isolated in a culture that lives according to the laws and practices of eighteenth-century Eastern Europe, speaking only Yiddish and Hebrew and shunning modern life. Stein was born as the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews.

But Abby felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. She suppressed her desire for a new body while looking for answers wherever she could find them, from forbidden religious texts to smuggled secular examinations of faith. Finally, she orchestrated a personal exodus from ultra-Orthodox manhood to mainstream femininity-a radical choice that forced her to leave her home, her family, her way of life.

Powerful in the truths it reveals about biology, culture, faith, and identity, Becoming Eve poses the enduring question: How far will you go to become the person you were meant to be?

Biographies & Memoirs
November 12
Basic Books
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Tessaweil ,

Great story, easy to follow, and Abby is very likable

This book was amazing! I read it in under a week. It is well organized, and the story flows very naturally. It feels like we are personal friends of Abby’s and growing up with her. The writing is easy to follow, even for those not familiar with Hasidic traditions, and everything is explained simply without taking away from the story for explanations. I cried many times, at sad and happy parts. Abby is smart, tough, interesting, caring, and all around very likable and I feel lucky she has shared this story with us.

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