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Rachel & Leah by Orson Scott Card
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Aug 05, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction, summer-list
Read in July, 2011

I read this book as a comparison piece to The Red Tent. Overall, I was disappointed. I read many reviews criticizing The Red Tent for not being generous to the male characters, and if that was a problem for you, Rachel & Leah is the book for YOU! :) I also thought it was interesting that, in this book, Rachel is made out to be the superior sister and Leah is made out to be cranky and tyrannical. It surprised me that Jacob's relationships with Bilhah and Zilpah were described as a business deal. I prefer the version of The Red Tent, where Leah and Rachel brought the girls out of kindness and to save them from an unfortunate future.
I didn't realized until I read the end notes that Orson Scott Card (also author of Enders Game, etc) is Mormon. It made me wonder if that's why his vision of that time period are so different from Diamonte's.
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