The Red Tent

Anita Diamant

26 May 2022
400 pages


‘Intensely moving . . . feminist . . . a riveting tale of love’ - Observer

Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent is an extraordinary and engrossing tale of ancient womanhood and family honour.

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her fate is merely hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the verses of the Book of Genesis that recount the life of Jacob and his infamous dozen sons.

Told in Dinah’s voice, The Red Tent opens with the story of her mothers – the four wives of Jacob – each of whom embodies unique feminine traits. Then follows Dinah’s own startling and unforgettable story of betrayal, grief and love.

Deeply affecting and intimate, The Red Tent is a feminist classic which combines outstandingly rich storytelling with an original insight into women’s society in a fascinating period of early history. Such is its warmth and candour, it is guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of women across the world.

Intensely moving . . . The red tent is a place of seclusion for menstruating women, forbidden to men; Diamant leads the reader into this storyteller's haven, creating a riveting tale of love, betrayal and revenge without compromising her historical facts.
I was hooked . . . It was riveting – the wives of Jacob telling biblical stories from their perspective . . . it's just wonderful
I genuinely fell into this rich and colourful world and Dinah and Leah have stayed with me as ancestors and sisters brought to life by Anita Diamant’s imaginative novel