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4.00000421009658 out of 54.00000421009658 out of 54.00000421009658 out of 54.00000421009658 out of 54.00000421009658 out of 5 4.00 (235,149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Diamant Narrator: Carol Bilger Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781593971328
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Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution in modern fiction: a new perspective of female life in biblical society. It is a vast and stirring work described as what the Bible might have been had it been written by God's daughters instead of sons.

Far beyond the traditional women-of-the-Bible sagas in both impact and vigor, The Red Tent is based upon a mention in Genesis of Jacob's only female offspring—his daughter, Dinah.

Author Anita Diamant, in the voice of Dinah, gives an insider's look at the details of women's lives in biblical times and a chronicle of their earthy stories and long-ignored histories. The red tent of the title is the place where women were sequestered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and illness. It is here that Dinah hears the whispered stories of her four mothers—Jacob's wives Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah—and tells their tales to us in remarkable and thought-provoking oratories. Familiar passages from the Bible take on new life as Dinah fills in what the Bible has left out—the lives of women. Dinah tells us of her initiation into the religious and sexual practices of the tribe; Jacob's courtship with Rachel and Leah; the ancient world of caravans, farmers, midwives, and slaves; her ill-fated sojourn in the city of Sechem; her years in Canaan; and her half-brother Joseph's rise in Egypt.

Skillfully interweaving biblical tales with characters of her own invention, the author re-creates the life of Dinah providing an illuminating portrait of a courageous woman and the life she might have lived. A new view of the panorama of life in biblical times emerges from the female perspective, and the red tent itself becomes a symbol of womanly strength, love, and wisdom.

The Red Tent is one of those extremely rare publishing phenomenons—a little promoted, but dynamically successful book (over 250,000 copies sold) that owes its success to enthusiastic word-of-mouth endorsements. Now, for the first time, this sweeping saga, which has struck a chord with so many modern-day women, comes to life as a much-anticipated audiobook.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By giving a voice to Dinah...the novel has struck a chord with women who may have felt left out of biblical history. Los Angeles Times

  • With stirring scenery and a narrative of force and color, a readable tale marked by hortatory fulminations and voluptuous lamentations. Kirkus Reviews
  • After several nonfiction works on Judaism, Diamant's fiction debut links the passions of the early Israelites to the ongoing traditions of modern Jews, while the red tent of her title (where women retreat for menstruation, childbirth and illness) becomes a resonant symbol of womanly strength, love and wisdom....Diamant succeeds admirably in depicting the lives of women in the age that engendered our civilization and our most enduring values. Publishers Weekly
  • By giving a voice to Dinah...the novel has struck a chord with women who may have felt left out of biblical history. Los Angeles Times
  • After several nonfiction works on Judaism, Diamant's fiction debut links the passions of the early Israelites to the ongoing traditions of modern Jews, while the red tent of her title (where women retreat for menstruation, childbirth and illness) becomes a resonant symbol of womanly strength, love and wisdom....Diamant succeeds admirably in depicting the lives of women in the age that engendered our civilization and our most enduring values. Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Winner, 2001

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Buist | 2/19/2014

    " ...very graphic - I guess that's the point, but didn't enjoy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Sciabarrasi | 2/8/2014

    " Beautifully written. Don't expect biblical accuracy, and you won't be disappointed. She brings characters to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marni | 2/7/2014

    " I've wanted to read this for several years and it didn't disappoint. What a wonderful way to tell an old story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becki Couch tompkins | 1/30/2014

    " Totally enjoyed. Another good book about the strength and bonds of women. Recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 1/29/2014

    " This was such a good read. I could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dipa | 1/22/2014

    " The narrative was poetic and simply brilliant. I barely put the book down, and if I did, it was reluctantly. If you're expecting a biblical commentary or 'factual' account on the story of Dinah, perhaps this won't be your cup of tea. The Red Tent is an interesting and insightful book about that era and those times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Namedoris Powell | 1/21/2014

    " It took a while for me to get into this book, but after I did I really enjoyed it. Dinah was a very likable character. I got a little tired of women in labor pains at the beginning. I did like the chart of all of Jacob's wives at the beginning of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 1/16/2014

    " What a great book for women! Love the mother/daughter relationship exploration and the evolution of the main character thru her youth and into adulthood. Made me remember to let my kids be kids while they can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Loos | 1/15/2014

    " I loved the historical context. The writing was powerful and I could imagine myself as the characters. I was transferred to that time period to understand how it was for women at that time. Amazing writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/4/2014

    " All women should read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen Nielson | 1/2/2014

    " Absolutely loved it. It helped fill in huge gaps that I have about Biblical knowledge that I never received as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Bogani | 1/2/2014

    " Absolutely one of my favorite books ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 12/25/2013

    " enjoyed this book. Definitely a novel rather than history or fact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayle Johnson | 12/16/2013

    " I think a modern version of a red tent would be very beneficial to women and men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Baird | 12/7/2013

    " In a word: amazing! I think every woman should read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vana Dainty | 12/6/2013

    " really 3.5 there were times when the book seem to get slow for me.... However, I am very glad I finished it... a good story all in all.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 epstuk | 11/26/2013

    " Liked this book more than I thought. It was a quick, compelling read, although I preferred the first half to the second. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Lopresti | 7/22/2013

    " I read it a few years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 7/6/2013

    " Beautiful...thinking back about the history of women is...enlightening... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hafsa Hasan | 4/25/2013

    " Using a little known biblical character as a starting point, the book insightfully explores the power and dynamics of female community and paints a glorious historical picture of the rites of female passage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi Kling | 10/26/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. Hubby picked it up and he loved it too. Great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/9/2012

    " Surprised by how it drew me in to the setting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Ellis | 5/24/2012

    " I loved this book! I was so sad to see it end....whether it was just fiction or has some fact to it, I don't know - but I thought it was so interesting, sweet and sad! Definitely recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelia McKinley | 5/12/2012

    " I love this book, it is so beautifully written, and told with exquisite storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/19/2012

    " It was a page turner. It's a blend of fiction and fact. I really liked the fictional account even when it was a little bit far fetched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Gregorio | 12/9/2011

    " Oct 2006 book club at Eleni's "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali Franke | 11/6/2011

    " Good story, the author doesn't waste any words; beautifully written. I didn't like how the author strayed from biblical fact, especially how she portrayed Joseph. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Nardi | 9/30/2011

    " Loved this book. Read it a few years ago and remember the women in it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne Jackson | 9/24/2011

    " I actually didn't get too far into this book. I won't try it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 8/11/2011

    " Awkward, especially for a religious group's book club. Almost felt like a romance novel that tried to push the limits of decency. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 6/30/2011

    " My absolute favorite kind of story. It sooooo could be the way it really happened. Wonderfully descriptive of the "woman's world" in ancient times. Just beautiful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 6/29/2011

    " One of my all-time favorite books. You get completely absorbed in this novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanna | 6/28/2011

    " In my own opinion, it was a bit blasphemous. I the authors view for wiritng, she had to have conflict, but since we have such little information about the time period and it cutoms that what she created didn't set well with me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita | 6/25/2011

    " My biggest problem with this book was the way she portrayed people I have always considered prophets or very righteous people. Some of it was crude and unnecessary, in my opinion. It was an OK book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 6/24/2011

    " Hard to get into at first. A knowledge of the Bible is helpful. Loved it at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 6/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books EVER "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 6/22/2011

    " Took me awhile to actually open this book, not my usual pick. Once I started it, had a hard time stopping. Even though my biblical knowledge is lacking, to say the least, I really enjoyed this book. Already passed it along to a friend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharlane | 6/22/2011

    " There were aspects of this book I loved but I can't give it a five star rating as I think the historical religious aspect of the story was poorly researched. As a story based on a biblical side figure I would of thought it would be more accurate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Addison | 6/21/2011

    " I liked this book, but for some reason didn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna | 6/21/2011

    " I LOVED this book. It's a story for women, spanning generations. The fellowship of the women in this story touched me deeply. I wish I had read it sooner so I could have already read it again and again! "

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Author Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, and The Last Days of Dogtown. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared regularly in the Boston Globe magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She currently lives in Massachusetts.