The Red Tent
Author: Anita Diamant
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press | 1997
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So, what’s it about?
This is a biblical story from Genesis about Jacob’s wives and his only daughter, Dinah. It is told from the perspective of Dinah from her birth to her death. It was interesting to read from a woman’s perspective where it is predominantly told from a man’s point of view in the bible.
“The more a daughter knows about the details of her mother’s life, the stronger the daughter.”
The characters ~ The main character, Dinah, is not necessarily extraordinary. If you’ve read the bible, you’d know that it was implied that she was raped by her husband and because of that her brothers murdered all the men in her husband’s family. However, Diamant employed a Hebrew term, midrash, of extending or imagining a different story or ending from bible stories. She does this in the story of Dinah and her mothers. I read the book without knowing any of this and I still thought the writing was well done. Learning the background information made The Red Tent even more interesting.