The Red Tent Review
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
**from the front flap**
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.
Jacob had dozens of sons but only one daughter, Dinah, who had as she describes four mothers, Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah – Leah and Rachel were Jacob’s two wives – Zilpah and Bilhah his concubines. Dinah in reality was the only daughter of Leah, Jacobs first wife. This book, first published in 1997, lends a very interesting take on the early chapters of Genesis in the Bible. Dinah grows up, and is called to be a midwife, separated from her family by a violent event, she makes her own way in the world. This story could be interpreted as rape, and it often departs from the Biblical basis. Dinah’s story is told in a single chapter in Genesis. But when you as a reader remember that this book is a work of fiction, and set aside the room for interpretation, an amazing story unfolds – one that is unparalled almost 20 years after the original publication. All in all I give the book 3.5 stars. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a well written read.
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