What is life really like as a Satmar? I Am Forbidden opens the window and then pushes the reader right through the door of the insular Williamsburg, Brooklyn religious community.
Anouk Markovits, raised in the Satmar sect, creates a gripping novel as she explores that world. The everyday demands, obligations, rules, and secrets are imparted from within a world not usually permeated by outsiders.
The characters move through seventy years of plot twists. The horrors of World War 11 Transylvania, Jewish life in the post-war Marais district of Paris, and eventual settlement in Brooklyn are detailed in this quickly paced, succinct, and poetic read.