OVERRIDE

The Red Tent

A Novel

Anita Diamant

St. Martin's Press

  • Buy it now
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.

BOOK EXCERPTS

Read an Excerpt

THE RED TENT (Chapter 1)

Their stories began with the day that my father appeared. Rachel came running into camp, knees flying, bellowing like a calf separated from its mother. But before anyone could scold her for acting like a wild boy, she launched into a breathless yarn about a stranger at the well, her words spilling out like water into sand.

A wild man without sandals. Matted hair. Dirty face. He kissed her on the mouth, a cousin, son of their aunt, who had watered sheep and goats for her and told off the ruffians at the well.

"What are you babbling?" demanded her father, L

READ THE FULL EXCERPT
BACK

MEDIA

Watch

  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Anita Diamant's bestselling novel The Red Tent. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a new perspective on female life in biblical society. It is a vast and stirring work--what the Bible might have been had it been written by God's daughters instead of sons.

BACK

REVIEWS

Praise for The Red Tent

"The wives of Jacob gather in the red tent, and in that image Anita Diamant has found the heart of a pulsing and moving novel. The tent is red because of the falling sun, and because of the flowing blood. The tent is, as the narrator says, 'an earthbound rainbow,' which is also true of this novel. Dinah, famously a daughter and a sister, finally tells her own story-and the story of that unknown legion, God's women. When the light is refracted through their experience-and through the lens of Anita Diamant's moral imagination-the colors couldn't be more vivid, and the oldest story of all could never seem more original, or more true." --James Carroll, author of An American Requiem

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Anita Diamant

  • 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. 
  • Anita Diamant Marion Ettlinger
BACK

READING GUIDE

ORGANIZING A READING GROUP

GET THE GUIDE

Download PDF

TELL YOUR FRIENDS

FIND MORE BOOKS

Go to website

STAY UPDATED

Sign Up
BACK

BUY THE BOOK

Available Formats and Book Details

The Red Tent

A Novel

Anita Diamant

Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Winner
BACK

FROM THE PUBLISHER

St. Martin's Press

BACK