Austin Jewish Book Fair: Beyond the Book

Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home:  The first memoir to tell of a gay woman who spent years in the Hasidic fold, Uncovered is the moving story of Leah Lax’s journey toward finding a home where she truly belongs. Lax began as a young teen who left her liberal, secular home for life as a Hasidic Jew, and at forty-something had to abandon the only world she’d known for thirty years in order to achieve personal freedom. Lax details her experiences with arranged marriage, fundamentalist 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.

LEAH LAX’s work has been published in Dame, Lilith, Moment, and Salon. Lax's work for stage has been reviewed with acclaim in The New York Times and broadcast on NPR. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Visit 

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Beyond the Book is part of the Spotlight on Arts & Ideas 2015-16 season.