I’ve written quite a bit about my two book clubs, and the variety of books I have read because of – or rather thanks to them. One book club is a group of friends who have become friends through reading together, the other is held in Waterstone’s book shop in town and it’s a bigger, more varied group – I love them both and have tremendous fun in both!

I confess however, that I am a very fussy reader and there have been so many books chosen which everyone else likes and I just don’t… I have at times wondered if I have lost my reading skill because so often I seem to struggle my way through a book, or am even defeated by it, and everyone else loves it and thinks it’s wonderful. I really don’t like what’s thought of as ‘women’s’ books, dealing with ‘women’s issues’, I like puzzles and mystery and action… maybe I should try harder to read differently…

So when the book chosen for next month was ‘The Red Tent’ by Anita Diamant, described on the front as ‘the oldest love story never told‘, and on the back ‘find out why 1.5 million women have loved this book‘, my heart sank and I had a little sigh.

However… however… it is absolutely amazing! Unputdownable, and I’m absolutely gripped by it! The blurb on the back doesn’t raise expectations… the main character and narrator is Dinah, a biblical character and daughter of Jacob. Her name is pronounced Dee-nah, not Die-ner and she is an unforgettable character. You will find the story of her in Genesis but Anita Diamant has brought the Biblical verses to vivid life in telling Dinah’s experiences, from her babyhood to her adult life far away from her family.

I haven’t yet finished it, and in a way I don’t want to because as with all good books, although I want to find out what happens to her, I don’t want to leave her!

Anita Diamant is American and was born in 1951; she has written books about Jewish life, and also other novels since the publication of The Red Tent in 1997:

  • The Boston Girl, 2014
  • Day After Night, 2009
  • The Last Days of Dogtown, 2005
  • Good Harbor, 2001

This is a link to Anita’s site:

http://anitadiamant.com/

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