The Red Tent: A Novel

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 1997 - Fiction - 321 pages
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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 are to sustain her through a damaged 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, immediate connection.

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

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User Review  - Rascalstar - LibraryThing

Fascinating book about the family of Jacob and much more. The author must have done much research to bring this book to life. It has lessons that are still relevant today. The story is about the women ... Read full review

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User Review  - bell7 - LibraryThing

Reimagining the story of Dinah in the Bible, The Red Tent brings us into the women's tents of the wives of the patriarch Jacob. Through Dinah's eyes, we get the story of her life, from her mother Leah ... Read full review

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Contents

PART TWO MY STORY
73
PART THREE EGYPT
211
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
323
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About the author (1997)

Anita Diamant is 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 six 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.

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