The Red Tent
Books | Fiction / Christian / Historical
‘Intensely moving . . . feminist . . . a riveting tale of love’ - Observer 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. Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent is an extraordinary and engrossing tale of ancient womanhood and family honour. Told in Dinah’s voice, it opens with the story of her mothers – the four wives of Jacob – each of whom embodies unique feminine traits, and concludes with 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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"Not a religious book. Great story about women in biblical times. "
"Really enjoyed this book. "
"Dinah, daughter of Leah by Jacob and sister of Joseph, beloved of Shechem or victim depending on the translation, appears in the Bible as a reason of vengance for Simeon and Levi and little more. Here in this magnificent book, Anita Diamant imagines her story from birth to death and with it the stories motherhood, sisterhood, and the bonds of womanhood in a patriarchal society. Gorgeous prose creates a deeply drawn world that is easy to sink into. Absolutely stunning."