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By Anita Diamant

A New York instances Bestseller

A decade after the e-book of this highly well known overseas bestseller, Picador releases the 10th anniversary version of The purple Tent.

Her identify is Dinah. within the Bible, her existence is just hinted at in a quick and violent detour in the extra time-honored chapters of the ebook of Genesis that inform of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons.

Told in Dinah's voice, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of old womanhood--the global of the purple tent. It starts with the tale of the mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the 4 other halves of Jacob. They love Dinah and provides her presents that maintain her via formative years, a calling to midwifery, and a brand new domestic in a overseas land. Dinah's tale reaches out from a impressive interval of early historical past and creates an intimate reference to the past.

Deeply affecting, The crimson Tent combines wealthy storytelling with a necessary fulfillment in smooth fiction: a brand new view of biblical women's lives.

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