The Red Tent: A Novel: Tenth-anniversary Edition

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The Red Tent: A Novel: Tenth-anniversary Edition

Format:  Paperback,

336 pages

Edition: Anniversary

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2007

ISBN-13: 9780312427290

ISBN-10: 0312427298

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A "New York Times "Bestseller
A decade after the publication of this hugely popular international bestseller, Picador releases the tenth anniversary edition of "The Red Tent."
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 tell of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons.
Told in Dinah's voice, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of the mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, 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 lives.

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Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2007
ISBN-13: 9780312427290
ISBN-10: 0312427298
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.25 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Diamant, Anita

Anita Diamant was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 27, 1951. She received a bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from Washington University in 1973 and a master's Degree in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1975. She worked as a freelance journalist for numerous years and wrote for such magazines and newspapers as the Boston Globe, New England Monthly, Self, Parenting, Parents, McCalls, and Ms.

She also wrote about Jewish practice and the Jewish community for Reform Judaism magazine, Hadassah magazine, and jewish family. com. She eventually started writing guidebooks to Jewish life including The New Jewish Wedding; The New Jewish Baby Book; Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs and Values for Today's Families; and Saying Kaddish: How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead and Mourn as a Jew. She also writes novels including The Red Tent; Good Harbor; The Last Days of Dogtown; and Day after Night.

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Review by Library Journal (2001-05-15)

The Red Tent is an attempt to breathe life into the story of Jacob's daughter, Dinah, who is known in an episode in the book of Genesis as a woman dishonored by Shalem and the 'cause of a bloody massacre. Dinah herself narrates this novel, giving a new perspective on herself, Jacob's wives, and her famous half-brother, Joseph. This is a celebration of women and their work: of life, birth, cooking, cleaning, sewing, gardening, and even dying.

The book is interesting though marred by passages that stretch the willing suspension of disbelief, e.g., Dinah directly addresses a contemporary audience, she talks about her own death, and a few similar moments that take the listener out of the tale. Carol Bilger does apt work with what she's given, providing a subdued performance that generally suits the material, which is short on dialog and long on description. The music that ends each side adds to the mood of the story while also letting the listener know that it's time to flip the cassette or change the tape. Having enjoyed a strong readership, The Red Tent in audio should also find an audience. Recommended for larger collections. Adrienne Furness, Maplewood Community Lib., Rochester, NY

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

A New York Times Bestseller

A decade after the publication of this hugely popular international bestseller, Picador releases the tenth anniversary edition of The Red Tent.

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 tell of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons.

Told in Dinah's voice, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of the mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, 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 lives.

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