Book Review: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant


  Title:  The Red Tent

  Author:  Anita Diamant

  Synopsis (from

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. In The Red Tent, Anita Diamant brings this fascinating biblical character to vivid life.

Told in Dinah’s voice, the novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood—the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of Dinah’s 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. Dinah’s story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past.


My thoughts:  Well I most definitely missed the whole The Red Tent craze back in the 1990’s when it came out.  Now I happened to see that it was going to be a mini-series and decided to read it.  I am so very glad that I did.  This book is completely outside of my normal reading genre . . . but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!

I must say one of the wonderful themes of this novel is female empowerment!  I felt so incredibly empowered as a female reading this wonderful book.

I am certainly not a biblical scholar and I certainly know that the author took many, many historical and religious liberties in the telling of this story.  I really enjoyed the story, the characters, and the underlying themes.  Great read!

I have the mini-series on DVR and will eventually get around to watching it, but for now I will enjoy the wonderful novel that I read!

And remember,

Books Are Life,




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