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The Red Tent
Synopses & Reviews
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 are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, 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 society.
"Diamant vividly conjures up the ancient world of caravans, farmers, midwives, slaves, and artisans . . . her Dinah is a compelling narrator that has timeless resonance".--Merle Rubin, "Christian Science Monitor".
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 whose previous books include The New Jewish Wedding, The New Jewish Baby Book, Bible Baby Names, Living a Jewish Life (with H. Cooper), and Choosing a Jewish Life: A Guidebook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Parenting, McCall's, Yankee, Reform Judaism, Self, and Hadassah. She lives in Massachusetts.
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