The Red Tent - 20th Anniversary Edition: A Novel (Paperback)

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The story of Joseph and his amazing Technicolor dream coat is well-known -- but what happened to his sister? The girl is only mentioned one time in the Bible, but from that, Anita Diamant has crafted an incredible feminist retelling of the life of Dinah, a daughter, outcast, midwife, and secret Jewish heroine. This novel brought me to tears, to laughter, and to a much better understanding of what it truly means to be a victim of the margins.


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In this modern classic interpretation of the biblical story of Dinah, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of The Red Tent, a New York Times bestseller and the basis of the A&E/Lifetime mini-series.

Twentieth Anniversary Edition

In the Bible, Dinah's 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.

The Red Tent 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 and the valuable achievement of presenting a new view of biblical women's lives.

About the Author

Anita Diamant is the author of The Red Tent, a word-of-mouth bestseller and the Booksense Best Fiction selection. She is also the author of the novels Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown and Day After Night, a collection of essays, Pitching My Tent, as well as several books about contemporary Jewish life, including The New Jewish Wedding and Choosing a Jewish Life: A Guidebook for People Converting to Judaism. Diamant grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and Denver, Colorado. She has a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband.

Praise For…

“Diamant vividly conjures up the ancient world of caravans, shepherds, farmers, midwives, slaves, and artisans....Her Dinah is a compelling narrator that has timeless resonance.” —Merle Rubin, The Christian Science Monitor

“A full-bodied novel.” —Susan Adler, Hadassah magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312427290
ISBN-10: 0312427298
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: August 21st, 2007
Pages: 352
Language: English