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Anita Diamant is the author of eleven books and one on the way. She is best-known for her first novel, The Red Tent, which was published in 1997 and won the 2001 Booksense Book of the Year Award. Based on the biblical story of Dinah, The Red Tent became a word-of-mouth bestseller in the US and overseas, where it has been published in more than 25 countries. Three other novels followed: Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown and, Day after Night, which is set in 1945 Palestine and tells the story of four young Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who make their way to the land of Israel.
Her fifth novel, The Boston Girl, will be published in December 2014. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for Am...more


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Anita Diamant I did a fair amount of research, but the material I was most interested in -- regarding women's daily lives -- is largely absent from the historical…moreI did a fair amount of research, but the material I was most interested in -- regarding women's daily lives -- is largely absent from the historical record. I filled in lots of gaps, always trying to ground my guesses and surmises in the possible. (less)
Anita Diamant The "Deborahs"were my invention, based very loosely on traditions of the ancient near east.
The Red Tent is a feminist book in that it takes women's…more
The "Deborahs"were my invention, based very loosely on traditions of the ancient near east.
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The Red Tent
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Day After Night
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The Last Days of Dogtown
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Good Harbor
3.15 of 5 stars 3.15 avg rating — 4,147 ratings — published 2001 — 17 editions
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Choosing a Jewish Life: A H...
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New Jewish Wedding, Revised
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Pitching My Tent: On Marria...
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Saying Kaddish: How to Comf...
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The Boston Girl: A Novel
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Every morning, The American Academy of Poets sends me the Poem of the Day. I always open the email, though often I never get past the first line. If it's too pretentious or precious, I hit "delete," pronto.
But some days, I reada poemI can't bear to lose and drag it into a file.
RecentlyI trolled through the ones I saved in search of a phrase vaguely remembered and found it. A little miracle.
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" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? AD: Friend-filled, creative, busy, well-fed, healthy, bookish,talky, blessed. SS: What is your motto or maxim? AD: Cultivate cheerfulness... and gratitude. What Readers want to know..." ...More

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“If you want to understand any woman you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully. Stories about food show a strong connection. Wistful silences demonstrate unfinished business. The more a daughter knows about the details of her mother's life - without flinching or whining - the stronger the daughter.”
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“The painful things seemed like knots on a beautiful necklace, necessary for keeping the beads in place.”
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“I wanted to cry, but I realized that I was too old for that. I would be a woman soon and I would have to learn how to live with a divided heart.”
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