Brooklyn Rail logo(2)My (fangirl) review of Leah Vincent’s memoir Cut Me Loose is included in the November issue of The Brooklyn Rail.

" goddamn flesh." Leah Vincent in Cut Me Loose

“…my goddamn flesh.” Leah Vincent in Cut Me Loose


From “My Goddamn Flesh”:

As the daughter of a respected rabbi, Leah Vincent was born into a world that worshiped messiahs, men, and modesty in suburban Pittsburg. A middle child in a family of 13 devoted to the Yeshivish faith, an ultra-orthodox sect of Judaism, Vincent writes, “I had been groomed to handle men—God, my father, my future husband—with relentless worship. I carried that lesson from my childhood…like a butterfly dragging its cocoon.”

Vincent’s coming-of-age memoir is a dark journey of hacking her way out of a stifling religious community—through questioning, cutting, and exploring her sexuality—in order to go frei, Hebrew for free. While Cut Me Loose is about a girl shedding her skin, it also provokes the question over whether anyone can truly escape the culture in which she was weaned.

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