THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant

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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 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.

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Teenagers?No
Adults?Yes

Comments: I was enthralled by this book. I was pregnant at the time of reading it so it made it all that more poignant. I did have to separate myself from my biblical knowledge because the author takes the happening of Israel and his family in a maternal mystical light instead of a paternal god-fearing light. Still it was executed brilliantly. That was a violent time and you definitely see that.

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