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Publisher's Summary

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible her life is only hinted at during a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons in the Book of Genesis.

Told through Dinah's eloquent voice, this sweeping novel reveals the traditions and turmoil of ancient womanhood. Dinah's tale 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 are to sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land.

Dinah speaks of the world of the red tent, the place where women were sequestered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and illness; of her initiation into the religious and sexual practices of her tribe; of Jacob's courtship with his four wives; of the mystery and wonder of caravans, farmers, shepherds, and slaves; of love and death in the city of Shechem; and of her half-brother Joseph's rise in Egypt.

Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

Don't miss Anita Diamant at the 92nd Street Y.
©1997 by Anita Diamant (P)2000 by Audio Renaissance, An Imprint of Renaissance Media, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Winner, Adult Fiction, 2001

"The oldest story of all could never seem more original, or more true." (James Carroll, author of An American Requiem)
"Carol Bilger narrates with a warmth and melodiousness that echo the rhythm of the musical interludes that separate chapters." (AudioFile)

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Reader's voice was captivating. !

The Old Testament stories in this novel were told from a new perspective and the writer's style kept me engaged for the whole book.

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Transcendent!

I had a hard time getting into the book, but after the first few chapters I anxiously awaited more stories and connections. I found myself exploring my own faith and thoughts of the origins of my faith. Even the connections to Bible stories I heard all my life. This book took me into a whole new world with love, passion, and a sympathy for mankind. I loved it!

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Breathtaking

I enjoyed the Old Testament story of Jacob, Rachel, Leah, Dinah, Joseph. I savored the story and was sad when it ended. I will listen to it many more times

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Not biblical! But still very entertaining.

Beautifully written and very interesting. Although they strayed quite heavily from the original story. I still enjoyed it.

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Amazing

Wonderful tale of women biblical times. One of my all time favorite books and listens.

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Fascinating!

I had mixed feelings about how the author used "midrash" to tell the story. However she made the story come alive. In the end, whether or not the details are accurate or not became unimportant in light of the greater understanding I gained about the story of Jacob in the Bible.

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A gripping and moving must read!

I am an avid reader and am very critical of my audio listens. Do not be scared away by its bible based story, as its history has ties to many religions and culture and is never preachy. The Red Tent I would recommend to women to revel in the richness on the history of womanhood and family heritage. I would recommend to men as well, to share the secrets of respect and culture with their mothers sisters and daughters. The narration was beautiful and the writing poetic. Going in I understood this book was loosely bible based but popped up as historical fiction so I went for it. I was having difficulties keeping track of all the names to begin with but the story became addictive and hypnotic and I just went with the flow. The author does take some poetic license, but you can expect all the drama, intrigue, suspense as in the bible stories, interwoven in an epic story of family heritage and long lasting love and respect.

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Beautiful storytelling

I loved this book because it transported me back in time and made biblical stories come alive! I wish more books were written about the untold stories of the bible. This was more personal than religious. The life of Jacob's daughter Dinah lives on.

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Fascinating novel, masterful narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Whether you're interested in Biblical history (or, to be more accurate, an imagined history of the women's stories that are NOT in the Bible) or just want a good story about a period of time so unlike ours, this audiobook will keep you interested. The narration is superb.

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Wonderful Story

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the reader was excellent. This is a story of strength and love and the heartbreak we all experience in life