The Red Tent by Anita DiamantHer 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 Dinahs 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-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinahs 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 womens society.
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Dinah focuses initially on the stories of her mothers, the four wives of Jacob—Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah—and how they come to be married to the same man. Jacob is threatened with death by his twin brother, Esau, in their home of Canaan and goes to Haran to seek out his uncle Laban and marry one of his daughters. He meets Rachel and immediately loves her, for she is uncommonly beautiful.
'The Red Tent' Has Regaled Readers for 17 Years, and It Remains as Powerful as Ever
Regardless of cover, one of the most remarkable things about the book, besides the creative retelling of its subject matter, is the manner of its slow and steady success. How does a book creep along in print for years before becoming a bestseller? A article in Ms. Such success stories are few and far between, and one might fear the demise of independent bookstores and surge of online sellers could mean the end of them. Unsold hardcovers were slated for destruction by the publisher. At that point Diamant, a journalist herself, developed her own strategy. She also promoted the book herself, giving talks at bookstores and meeting with book club organizers.
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In: Staff Blogs. Whether she knew it or not, I was reading along with her. The Red Tent is a fictional yet thoroughly researched first-person account of the life of Dinah, the only daughter of Biblical patriarch Jacob who is more famous for having twelve sons. It is by turns tender and irreverent. Oh yes, there are love scenes. Mandrakes are used for magical purposes in the world of Harry Potter!