The rainbow of colors within a woman are powerful resources in Anita Diamant’s, The Red Tent.
When it was first released in 1997, this artful book became a sleeper sensation that grew by word of mouth. Anita’s book and quote below illustrate why her story has been so successful. Not only has it been published in 25 countries, it’s subject and characters appeal to women who instantly connect with the beauty and wisdom of women’s collective voices.
“They sang the words in unison, yet somehow created a web of sounds with their voices. It was like hearing a piece of fabric woven with all the colors of a rainbow. I did not know that such beauty could be formed by the human mouth. I had never heard harmony before.”
The Red Tent is best described as a biblical account about a minor character named Dinah from the Book of Genesis. By following the relationships of wives, mothers and daughters, we are transported back to our historical roots and see how the bible would sound if it had been written by a woman.
Anita’s word give life to the photograph taken in Ireland by Rose McInerney. In the picture, there is an almost divine strength and light cast against the dark clouds and shadows of nature. Like all of Anita’s novels, The Red Tent brings the opportunities and challenges faced by women to the forefront, while weaving stories of culture and history manifest in our rich tapestry of life.