It was announced last week that Anita Diamant’s 2007 novel, The Red Tent, will be adapted into a TV movie to air on Lifetime.
I haven’t read this book in a few years, but it is a very good book.
The main character is Dinah, the only daughter of the Jacob and his first wife, Leah. In the Bible, Dinah is barely spoken of, the focus in the story of Jacob, as it is within most of the Bible, is her father and brothers. Most women in the Bible are only referred to as the daughter of _______ or the wife of ________. Some, are glossed over like Dinah, only a small percentage are fully human, with good and bad traits.
Where Ms. Diamant succeeds as a writer is that she fully fleshes out her characters, removing them from the sidelines and making them the center of the story. Dinah, her mother, her grandmother, her father’s other wives are alive and vibrant. It makes the Bible seem interesting and alive.
I recommend this book and I will hopefully be able to recommend this movie.
*-This story was inspired by a writing prompt at the Write-In at the Gotham Writers Workshop.
It was an image framed in time. His daughter, at five years old, yelling “Daddy”, running into his arms when he got home from work, eager to share her day with him.
But that frame and the image within the frame was getting older. The little girl who eagerly ran into his arms and shared her day with him was now eighteen. Tonight was her senior prom. Next month, she would be graduating high school. In August, all of her belongings would be packed into the van for college.
She has a boyfriend. He didn’t want to like the kid. He didn’t want to like the fact that his little girl was growing up. But the kid was respectful and treated her properly. She was in the throes of young love, it wasn’t so long ago that he was in this kid’s shoes, his wife reminded him.
“What do you think, Daddy?” she walked down the stairs in her prom dress.
“Beautiful” was the only words he could utter. She was as beautiful as her mother. As beautiful as the day she was born. Just after they took her home from the hospital, his late father in law told him to treasure the moments when she was young. It wouldn’t be long before she was grown and out of the house.
It wasn’t easy to admit that his daughter was eighteen and growing up fast. She would soon be on her own, she wouldn’t need him anymore. But she would always been his little girl and he would always be here, waiting for her, when she needed him.