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The Red Tent: A Novel
by Anita Diamant

Published: 2014-11-04
Paperback : 352 pages
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IN THE RED TENT—NOW A MAJOR LIFETIME MINISERIES EVENT STARRING MINNIE DRIVER, DEBRA WINGER, AND MORENA BACCARIN—ANITA DIAMANT BRINGS THE FASCINATING BIBLICAL CHARACTER OF DINAH TO VIVID LIFE. Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent ...
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IN THE RED TENT—NOW A MAJOR LIFETIME MINISERIES EVENT STARRING MINNIE DRIVER, DEBRA WINGER, AND MORENA BACCARIN—ANITA DIAMANT BRINGS THE FASCINATING BIBLICAL CHARACTER OF DINAH TO VIVID LIFE.
 
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. In The Red Tent, Anita Diamant brings this fascinating biblical character to vivid life.

Told in Dinah’s voice, the novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood—the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of Dinah's 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.

With over 3.3 million copies sold, The Red Tent is a modern classic loved throughout the world, and now on screen as an A&E/Lifetime mini-series.

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The red tent is the place where women gathered 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 insider's look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives and their one and only daughter, Dinah. Told in the voice of Jacob's daughter Dinah (who only received a glimpse of recognition in the Book of Genesis), we are privy to the fascinating feminine characters who bled within the red tent. In a confiding and poetic voice, Dinah whispers stories of her four mothers, Rachel, Leah, Zilpah, and Bilhah--all wives to Jacob, and each one embodying unique feminine traits. As she reveals these sensual and emotionally charged stories we learn of birthing miracles, slaves, artisans, household gods, and sisterhood secrets. Eventually Dinah delves into her own saga of betrayals, grief, and a call to midwifery.

"Like any sisters who live together and share a husband, my mother and aunties spun a sticky web of loyalties and grudges," Anita Diamant writes in the voice of Dinah. "They traded secrets like bracelets, and these were handed down to me the only surviving girl. They told me things I was too young to hear. They held my face between their hands and made me swear to remember." Remembering women's earthy stories and passionate history is indeed the theme of this magnificent book. In fact, it's been said that The Red Tent is what the Bible might have been had it been written by God's daughters, instead of her sons. --Gail Hudson

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by austenlover (see profile) 04/07/15

I thought the book was a very well-written historic novel. I was so caught up in Dinah''s life that towards the end of the book, I could hardly put it down.
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