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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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Real-world view of the historical timeframe

the only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is that the narrator could have been a bit better. If you are realistic and intelligent about your views of Biblical characters as fallible human beings and of Biblical times as the true mixture of cultures and beliefs that they were - or if you are an atheist like me - you will find this book intriguing and not at all disturbing. I am not a fan of "women's fiction," but this book effectively held my attention from the first time out of several that I have read it and the audio book is no exception.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Women-secular lives in a biblical era

Raised as a strict protestant, I think I know the Bible pretty well. This author took an era out of the Old Testament and spun a compelling story around the land, the lifestyles and some facts out of the Bible. But, what I liked the best about this book was a deep exploration of women and their relationships in a very male dominated world. Sharing and caring for each other throughout their lifetimes takes on a larger impetus than in other times and places. This close examination of their lives helped me re-evaluate my own relationship with the women in my life.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Narrator is irritating, music is sketchy

I'm about half way through listening to this and I'm tempted to switch to reading the book in print because the narrator's voice and style are so irritating. She sounds like a high school actor reading through a play for the first time. After hearing such professional narrators like Nadia May, this woman is amateurish and truly reduces my enjoyment of the book. In addition, there is music but it seems to appear randomly -- not a logical points in the story at all, and only periodically, like it was an afterthought. Very odd. Not what I've come to expect from Audible products at all.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Baum
  • Johnstown, PA USA
  • 10-02-05

Excellent Book, but Clearly Fiction

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. However, as a preface, it must be understood it's a work of fiction. Dinah, separated from her family is shown as pagan, not a Jew. With that in mind, it's an excellent work of a great imagination. The story is both heart-wrenching and powerful, so long as we're aware it's NOT biblical. The author only uses a small amount of biblical data to write her own work of fiction. Take it for what it is, and it's a wonderful book, but DO NOT take the book for fact or even an interpretiation of scripture, it's pure fiction, good fiction, but pure fiction.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Dinah is pronounced Deena in this story.

Sorry that I spelled it Dena in my review! (I just reviewed it before I learned the author had spelled it Dinah.) ;-)




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  • A5
  • Canton, GA, United States
  • 03-11-16

A window into the past from a woman's perspective

Loved every word. I'm sad it's over. A beautiful picture of the female life from ancient times.

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Captivating - made me want more!

I would read more just like it. Narrated so so well! Early life was so rough but this made it fascinating!

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Good story. drug on awhile

Audible please stop with the music... just narration is fine. story was good but seemed drawn out and a bit slow

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Great read but with some bible distortion

I enjoyed the book overall as with most bible stories that bring the characters to life. I would have given it a higher rating had not Joseph's story been somewhat disturbing. For me, the book lost so much creditably in those last few chapters when he was brought back into his sister's life. I didn't think it was necessary for the author to change his story so dramatically that it totally made him to be characteristically unlike the man whom God chose to save his family & Egypt. Otherwise the book was colorful and it gave the women of the bible such a rich & beautiful historical background, that one can't help but appreciate the author's intent and gift for storytelling.

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Not the biblical story...... But worthwhil reading

A moving tribute; to women who struggle in life.
An acknowledgement of the value of womanhood.

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