The Red Tent (book review)

The red tent is where womanhood begins. Told through the lens of Dinah, a character hinted at in the Bible, this book shows us what the women experienced in ancient times. The book opens up by describing Dinah’s three aunties and her mother. She describes how her father, Jacob, came and brought prosperity to their farmlands. Dinah remembers sitting in the red tent, listening to the gossip of her aunties when she was young. As she grows older, she finds her calling in midwifery when her household must travel to find new farmland. There she also meets her love. This prince offers a royal bride price but after his murder, Dinah is heartbroken and leaves for the lands of Egypt. Here her life changes and we see the way she grows from all of her experiences in life, each one building onto what she learned in the red tent.