The Red Tent is a rich story of life, joy, preserving memories, tragedy and breaking traditions.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is a vibrant and absorbing re-imagination of a biblical story. In the bible verses, Dinah is kidnapped and raped by the prince of Shechem. The story mostly centers on Jacob and his sons (and their revenge) with no mention of Dinah's perspective. The Red Tent rectifies this and is told from Dinah’s voice. It weaves an extraordinary tale of sisterhood, loss, joy, oppression and uncertainty.
It was so impactful how the book follows the relationships between the female relatives of Jacob’s tribe. Culture, status, personality and circumstances contribute not only to who they are, but how they navigate the harsh world around them. This book inspired me to talk more with my mother and grandmother, to understand how they became who they are. It gave me a new level of appreciation for the supportive women in my life - my tribe - a vital and cherished aspect of my life.
The Red Tent is not an emotionally light read, but I did find that it lightened my heart and gave me strength. It is a rich story of life, joy, preserving memories, tragedy and breaking traditions. I highly recommend it.