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 sustain her through a hard-workingyouth, 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. Deeply affecting,The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women's society.
Anita Diamant is a prize-winning journalist and writer with a Master's Degree in English from the State University of New York. She is the author of six books about contemporary Jewish practice, including The New Jewish Wedding and Living a Jewish Life. Her first work of fiction, The Red Tent, was published in 1997 and became an international bestseller, with over two million copies sold and foreign editions in more than 25 countries world-wide. Her second novel, Good Harbor was published in 2002 and The Last Days of Dogtown was published in 2005. Diamant lives in Massachusetts, with her husband and grown daughter.