A Good Film Adaptation (I Hope)

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.

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