by Sukey HowardFebruary, 2001
A mother's love, a daughter's love The Red Tent, Anita Diamant's vivid evocation of Biblical womanhood, has gained the kind of popularity that authors (and publishers) dream of. The book, narrated in the first person by Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah, gives voice and intensely intimate image to women's lives in that ancient time that shaped our enduring values. Now, this powerful tale of love, motherhood, sadness, happiness, honor and honesty is on audio, read in an unabridged presentation by Carol Bilger. Dinah, only a fleeting face in the book of Exodus, tells the stories that mothers pass to daughters, not only of the woman who gave birth to her, but of Jacob's three other wives and then of her own fortune, good and bad, in a new land. Remarkably researched, this is historical fiction that reveals the inner reaches of a woman's life, a woman's heart and a woman's love.