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The Red Tent


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A New York Times Bestseller


A decade after the publication of this hugely popular international bestseller, Picador releases the tenth anniversary edition of The Red Tent.


Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that tell of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons.


Told in Dinah's voice, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of the mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past.


Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women's lives.


The red tent is the place where women gather during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insiders look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers, wives, and daughters.

About the Author

Anita Diamant is an award-winning journalist and author of six books about contemporary Jewish life, including The New Jewish Wedding and Choosing a Jewish Life. Her works of fiction include Good Harbor and The Last Days of Dogtown. She lives in Massachusetts.

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techeditor, April 25, 2015 (view all comments by techeditor)
I do not rate this book because I did not finish reading it. If I were to rate it, the rating would be, obviously, low.

The concept is a good one: fill in the missing details of a bible story, in this case, the story of Jacob and his family as told by his daughter Dinah. But there were problems with Anita Diamant's retelling that I couldn't stand and so gave up after Part 1 plus two pages of Part 2.

To quote a Goodreads reviewer, Stefani, this book is the "chick flick of biblical revisionism." I don't like chick lit. Those who give this book a high rating apparently do.

Also, as an adult, I don't care for young adult novels. And the writing in this novel seems to aim for the sixth grade reading level.

Again, to quote Stefani, while this book elaborated "on the amazing sisterhood and bonding that happens around the red tent," it implied "all the way that women have all the power, men take all the credit." It irritated me.
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xiiicatsold, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by xiiicatsold)
Some Biblical history (fictionalized) to tell the tale of Jacob's sons and daughter from Dinah's point of view. I've heard the stories of Jacob, Esau and Joseph all my life, but never realized how primitively they must have lived and how this affected the women of their times. A good read.
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writermala, July 12, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
This is a story told by Dinah - a voice that has never been heard of in the Genesis - daughter of Jacob. Using her powerful imagination, Anita Diamant writes a story of women everywhere. She tells of the powerful bond between sisters, even sisters who share a husband, and the intense love between mothers and daughters. Even in cultures where sons are treasured, it is this daughter that the mothers cherish. Anita Diamant has written a colorful novel, which is indeed a book that women everywhere will love.
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Product Details

Diamant, Anita
Picador USA
Christian - Biblical
Christian - General
Christianity-Christian Fiction
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Tenth Anniversary Edition
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7.9 x 5.41 x 0.94 in

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"Synopsis" by , The red tent is the place where women gather during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insiders look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers, wives, and daughters.
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