Book Recommendation: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

I know I said I was going to do these on Friday, but I didn’t last week, so luck you, you get a bonus.


More akin to magical realism than a Biblical history, The Red Tent tells a story of womanhood, of what it’s like to be a wife, a mother, and a daughter during a time when it was better to be a son. Told in the voice of Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob and Leah, this book tells the story of the four wives of Jacob and their purpose in life, each completely different, but beautiful in their own ways. The prose is magnificent and flows like a river. Tragedy, happiness, tradition, loss, sadness, suffering, hatred, love, everything is here, and the women feel it keenly. We feel everything through Dinah and it’s an unforgettable experience. This is a book for women, and as women we should read it, because it is our past too.


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