Anita Diamant

Author of The Red Tent

All Things Anita Diamant

This is a Jewish author I absolutely adore. She does a brilliant job of weaving a unique blend of culture,  and the fragility of being human into her characters  in a way that draws the reader down into the tale as if you were sitting beside them,  looking at a photograph of the story they are telling you.

My first read was Last Days of Dogtown set in Cape Ann during the 1800′s. It is a poignant book about the gradual death of a small town, it’s unexpected hero’s and the love and loss that made them so.

The next read was Day After Night;based on the factual story in October of 1945 when over 200 Jewish prisoner’s were rescued from the Alta internment camp outside Haifa. It’s the story of four woman who have found a way to survive the Nazi’s, the loss of their family and friends and now must find a way to take all that pain and loss and find a way to build a new life. Brilliant. Currently I’m reading The Red Tent. I’ll let you know my thoughts when I’m finished.

Well I just finished The Red Tent and for once, I’m not sure I have a well enough developed vocabulary to describe how brilliant this story is. I come from a very saturated Christian background, but Diamant’s description of the Jewish traditions of The Red Tent and the sense of belonging and purpose that was woven into what has become for most American woman a point of shame, left me breathless.

Author Anita Diamant

Suddenly I saw just how powerful birth,  and the life-giving blood of a woman’s womb formed and molded and entire culture. It was, and still is, profound. It is a book I recommend for both women (that they might once again regain a sense of how powerful the Lord has created us to be) and men (that they might  once again know how to honor and cherish us). Amazing.

Good Harbor. Another great story by Diamat. This one touched me because it the story of two woman (one my age, the other younger), each dealing with very different crisis in their lives that bring them together. The older woman Kathleen,  learns that she has breast cancer. The younger woman Joyce, is struggling with a young pubescent  teenage daughter and a neglectful husband.

When haven’t we experienced or been through similar circumstances?

Not long ago a close friend of mine had to walk through the nightmare of dealing with breast cancer. I felt completely useless. All I could be was a friend; I couldn’t take the cancer away, I couldn’t stop the pain or fear or terror. But on the other side, being a friend was more powerful than either the chemo or the radiation. She didn’t need me to fix it or take it away. She just needed me to be there and hold her hand when the darkness was too much.

Set in a cross-religious culture of Catholicism  and Judaism, Diamat once again weaves together the binding force that happens between women in crisis and shows us how powerful the strands of faith and friendship really are.

Anita, I’m looking forward to the next one.

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