The Red Tent is a novel by Anita Diamant, published in by Wyatt Books for St. Martin's Press. It is a first-person narrative that tells the story of Dinah. The Red Tent book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a b. The Red Tent - 20th Anniversary Edition: A Novel ( ): Anita Diamant: Books.

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When I was fifteen years old, my mother's book club read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Whether she knew it or not, I was reading along with. The Red Tent is a novel of biblical times (and of the customs of those times), detailing the imagined lives of Rachel and Leah, two wives of Jacob (both true. A minor character from the book of Genesis tells her life story in this vivid evocation of Red Tent. Anita Diamant, Author St. Martin's Press $ (p) ISBN.

A decade after the publication of this hugely popular international bestseller, Picador releases the tenth anniversary edition of The Red Tent. 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. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land.

Oh yes, there are love scenes. Just to give some context to my reading life up until that point: Mandrakes are used for magical purposes in the world of Harry Potter!

Catholic education. I had to find her on my own.

'The Red Tent' Has Regaled Readers for 17 Years, and It Remains as Powerful as Ever

I never stopped wondering about the women of the Bible, and was unsatisfied with the limited ways their actions, intentions and words were recorded. And history. And spirituality.

They were secluded from their husbands or sons, but rather than feeling shame in this, they comforted each other and celebrated the power of their bodies. This book made me very comfortable with menstruation. But I am skipping ahead: When I went away to college, I covered my extra-long twin dorm bed in fire-red sheets.

When a new friend visited my room, she saw a sheet hanging off my top bunk bed and said my dorm was the Red Tent. I was amazed by the ways she told me that book had inspired her.

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That year we forged a lifelong friendship with ancient tales of mothers, sisters and daughters as its bedrock. This friend is a nurse and midwife, now—fulfilling another dream inspired by The Red Tent.

Laura Eppinger graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism. Her laptop screen got cracked during a year in Cape Town, South Africa, but it never stopped her from writing. Her publications list lives here. I first encountered The Red Tent in college and it had a profound impact on me as well.

Displeased at how the prince treated their sister, her brothers Simeon spelled "Simon" in the book and Levi treacherously tell the Shechemites that all will be forgiven if the prince and his men undergo the Jewish rite of circumcision brit milah so as to unite the people of Hamor, king of Shechem, with the tribe of Jacob.

The Shechemites agree, and shortly after they go under the knife, while incapacitated by pain, they are murdered by Dinah's brothers and their male servants, who then return with Dinah. In The Red Tent , Dinah genuinely loves the prince and willingly becomes his bride.

She is horrified and grief-stricken by her brothers' murderous rampage. After cursing her brothers and father she escapes to Egypt , where she gives birth to a son. In time she finds another love and reconciles with her brother Joseph, who is now vizier of Egypt.

Book review: The Red Tent

At the death of Jacob, she visits her estranged family. She learns she has been all but forgotten by her other living brothers and father but that her story lives on with the women of Jacob's tribe. The book was a New York Times bestseller [2] and book club discussion guides for it have been published. It celebrates mothers and daughters and the mysteries of the life cycle.

Diamant is a compelling narrator of a tale that has timeless resonance. Diamant acknowledges that there is no evidence that ancient Israel used a menstrual tent for retreat, although she describes it as a common feature in other pre-modern cultures, as well as some modern cultures.

Lifetime adapted the novel into a two-part miniseries , which premiered December 7 and 8, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I cried out, and Meryt arrived with soft packing and unguents for my wounds. She looked at me tenderly and replied, 'The baby is with his mother. Perhaps I had not used the right words. He is even given a new name, an Egyptian name, and Dinah is forbidden ever to call her son by the name she originally gave him.

She is told by her son's new "mother" "You will be his nurse and he will know that you gave him life. His care will be your blessing, but he will call us both Ma and stay here until he is ready for school, and for this, you can be grateful. For this is my son, Re-mose, child of Re, that you have borne for me and my family. And we can feel her heart breaking.

She is allowed to be with her baby, and that will have to suffice. That might very well be the ultimate lesson of this fine book. Most of us do not experience great glories and victories in life; rather, most of us gather our joys and small pleasures where and when we can, and the rest of the time we do what is necessary to survive.

Dinah does no less. And does so with honor. She is thus an example for the common woman and man , reminding us of the internal, silent and unsung glory that can occur inside each of us as we live our lives as best we can.

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