The Red Tent
Books | Fiction / Christian / Historical
‘Intensely moving . . . feminist . . . a riveting tale of love’ - ObserverAnita Diamant’s The Red Tent is an extraordinary and engrossing tale of ancient womanhood and family honour.Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her fate is merely hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the verses of the Book of Genesis that recount the life of Jacob and his infamous dozen sons.Told in Dinah’s voice, The Red Tent opens with the story of her mothers – the four wives of Jacob – each of whom embodies unique feminine traits. Then follows Dinah’s own startling and unforgettable story of betrayal, grief and love.Deeply affecting and intimate, The Red Tent is a feminist classic which combines outstandingly rich storytelling with an original insight into women’s society in a fascinating period of early history. Such is its warmth and candour, it is guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of women across the world.
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"I found this to be a beautiful and complex story. The relationship between the women was so real and emotional I felt like I was with them in the red tent. By far, the best part of the book for me was the ending. I won't spoil it but will say that it filled my heart with joy after reading it. This isn't the usual genre I read but found the story intriguing and easy to follow along. It kept my interest and I became vested in the characters."
"Not a religious book. Great story about women in biblical times. "
"Really enjoyed this book. "
"Being named after an Old Testament Bible character, I am well versed with the stories of the male patriarchs found in Genesis. This re-telling of a very minor female character was powerful and fascinating! Anita Diamant is a strong writer that had clearly done her research and painted a vivid picture of the characters, the time, culture, landscape, etc. I was engrossed throughout."