The Red Tent: A Novel

By Anita Diamant

Her identify is Dinah. within the Bible, her lifestyles is simply hinted at in a quick and violent detour in the extra frequent chapters of the booklet of Genesis which are approximately her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons.

Told in Dinah's voice, this novel finds the traditions and turmoils of historical womanhood-the international of the purple tent. It starts with the tale of her mothers-Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah-the 4 other halves of Jacob. They love Dinah and provides her presents which are to maintain her via a broken adolescence, a calling to midwifery, and a brand new domestic in a overseas land. Dinah's tale reaches out from a impressive interval of early heritage and creates an intimate, speedy connection.

Deeply affecting, The purple Tent combines wealthy storytelling with a worthwhile success in sleek fiction: a brand new view of Biblical women's society.

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Cried Rachel, smiling as she approached him. “I pay attention there are satisfied tidings. ” yet Jacob didn't smile. “I don't like town or its king,” he acknowledged. “But i love even much less an untrustworthy daughter and a mendacity spouse. ” “Say not anything you'll regret,” responded Rachel. “My sister units you opposed to me and opposed to your in simple terms daughter, who's liked of your mom at Mamre. it is a solid fit. The king says they're fond, does he now not? have you ever forgotten your individual fireplace, husband? have you ever grown so previous that you simply don't do not forget that longing? ” Jacob’s face betrayed not anything. He seemed lengthy at Rachel, and she or he back his gaze. “Give them your blessing, husband,” Rachel acknowledged. “Take the wagons encumbered with silver and linen and provides Hamor the welcome due a king. you're the grasp right here. there isn't any have to wait. ” yet Jacob stiffened at Rachel’s insistence. “When my sons go back from their travels, i'm going to come to a decision. ” Hamor couldn't bear in mind ever being taken care of so badly. then again, he used to be good disposed towards Jacob. “A sturdy best friend, I think,” he instructed Shalem tomorrow. “But an enemy to prevent. he's a proud man,” Hamor acknowledged. “He doesn't wish to lose regulate of his family’s destiny. ordinary that he aren't but understand how kids cease serving their mom and dad after they are grown. Even daughters. ” yet Shalem pressed his father to come back once attainable. “I love the girl,” he stated. Hamor grinned. “Fear now not. the lady is yours. No father would wish her again as she is now. return in your spouse, and permit me fear in regards to the father. ” one other week handed, and my husband and that i grew to like one another in subtler methods, with caresses and endearments. My ft didn't contact floor. My face ached from smiling. after which I got a unique marriage ceremony present: Bilhah got here to work out me. My aunt seemed on the palace gate inquiring for Dinah, spouse of Shalem. She used to be taken first to Re-nefer, who plied her with questions on Jacob’s hesitancy over her husband’s provide. The queen requested approximately Leah and Rachel in addition, and informed Bilhah to not depart the palace with out presents for her daughter-in-law’s kin. after which Re-nefer herself introduced my aunt to me. My hug lifted my little aunt off the floor, and that i lined her darkish face with a dozen kisses. “You are glowing,” she stated, whilst she stood again, protecting my fingers in hers. “You are chuffed. ” She smiled. “It is impressive that you can locate such happiness. i'm going to inform Leah and she or he might be reconciled. ” “Is my mom offended? ” I requested, bewildered. “Leah believes Rachel bought you into the palms of evil. She is like your father in her mistrust of town, and he or she isn't really happy that you're going to make your mattress inside partitions. generally, i feel, she misses you. yet i'm going to inform her of the sunshine on your eyes, of the smile in your lips, and of your womanly bearing now that you're a spouse. “He is sweet to you, sure? ” Bilhah requested, giving me the opportunity to compliment my Shalem. i discovered myself bursting to inform anyone the main points of my happiness, and that i spilled every little thing into Bilhah’s prepared ear. She clapped her fingers to listen to me communicate like a bride.

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