Anita Diamant grew up in Newark, New Jersey. Her family moved to Colorado when she was 12. Anita Diamant attended the local University of Colorado for 2 years, but transferred to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was awarded a BA in Comparative Literature. No doubt this degree came in very handy in her later writing career. She studied for her Master’s degree at State University, New York. Anita Diamant then moved to Boston, where she started work as a freelance journalist in 1975, and where she has lived ever since. She wrote for several titles, including the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Globe, New England Monthly, Yankee, Self, Parenting, and Ms. Anita Diamant has written several non-fiction books: “The New Jewish Wedding” (1985), “The New Jewish Baby Book” (1988), “Living a Jewish Life” (1993), “Bible Baby Names” (1996), “Choosing a Jewish Life” (1997), “Saying the Kaddish, How to Comfort the Dying, Bury the Dead and Mourn as a Jew” (1998), “How to be a Jewish Parent” (2000), and “Pitching my Tent” (2003).
Anita Diamant’s first novel, the glorious “The Red Tent”, was published in 1997. It is based on Chapter 34 of the Book of Genesis, and is the story of Jacob’s daughter, Dinah. This was followed by “Good Harbor” in 2001, and “The Last Days of Dogtown” in 2005.
Diamant finds a Harbor – Sara Fiedelholtz’s interview for “Chicago Sun-Times” from 2002
Bookpage - Ellen Kanner's interview with Anita Diamant
The Copperfield Review – Faith L. Justice’s interview
Rebeccareads.com – their interview with Anita Diamant
Anita Diamant - visit her homepage
Kevin Patrick Mahoney takes a look at the work of the author of “The Red Tent”:
The Book of Genesis - the King James version of Dinah's story, and the events in “The Red Tent”
The Origin of Sin and the Queen of Heaven - Chapter One p. 15 - Anita Diamant writes in Chapter One that Jacob's God El was "a consort powerful enough for the Queen of Heaven", although we are used to seeing the Biblical God as an irascible old man with a long white beard, and most definitely single. This webpage mentions a lot of the Gods that Anita Diamant refers to (so she didn't make them all up). The following page is also relevant to “The Red Tent”, with its mentions of Leah and Rachel, Mamre, and has photographs of Teraphim, and Yahweh and the Asherah is also relevant
Ninhursag - Chapter One p. 15 - more about this godddess
Enlil or Bel - Chapter One p. 15 - the Sumerian God of the atmosphere
Ishtar - Chapter One p. 22 - Jacob cries out to aa Sumerian goddess when he falls sick after eating the food prepared by Leah.
Anath - Chapter One p. 22 - was the Phoenician goddess of Fertility and Victory
Marduk - Chapter One p. 22 - is another Sumerian god
Myth of Innana - the goddess referred to on p. 29 Chapter One, who Inna is possibly named after?
Astarte - Chapter One p. 29 - the warrior goddess of Canaan
Elath - Chapter One p. 29 - the consort of El, aanother name for Asherath
Baal - Chapter Two p. 40 - son of El who becameee Beelzebub
bamah - Chapter Two p. 49 - a definition
Gula, Goddess of Healing - Chapter Three p. 69 - more about the goddess
Uttu - Part Two Chapter One p. 94 - is mentioned in the Sumerian myth of creation
Nanna - Part Two Chapter One p. 94 - more about the god of the moon
Ninhursag - Part Two Chapter One p. 94 - the mother of the plains
"Uttu travelled north, where the fur-clad women were so fierce they tore off a breast to ready themselves for an endless hunt" - Part Two Chapter One p. 94 - a reference to the Amazonians?
Enhenduanna - Part Two Chapter One p. 95 - it's possible that Anita Diamant may have misspelt Enheduanna, "the first known author in world literature" was a woman.
Dumuzi's wedding - Part Two Chapter One p. 96 - read an ancient account of this event
Nanshe - Part Two Chapter Two p. 106 - interpreter of dreams and goddess of water and fertility, Zilpah's beloved goddess - this is when Rachel decides to steal the teraphim
Ur - Part Two Chapter Two p. 107 - more about this ancient city
Ninkasi - Part Two Chapter Two p. 108 - "t;Leah had a special feeling for Ninkasi, the brewer of beer" - as do we all, amen.
Nintinugga - Part Two Chapter Three p. 145 - the Mesmopotamian version of Gula
Ninisinna - Part Two Chapter Three p. 145 - anoother version of Gula
Baba - Part Two Chapter Three p. 145 - is also identified with Gula
Ningal - Part Two Chapter Four p. 162 --- more about her
Anat - Part Two Chapter Four p. 164 -- another form of Innana and Asherath
Coat of many colors - Part Two Chapter Five p. 174 - the Bible says that Jacob, not Rachel, made Joseph's famous coat
Tawaret - Part Two Chapter Six p. 22207 - is an apt Egyptian goddess for Dinah
Lamashtu - Part Two Chapter Six p. 209 - evil Mesopotamian goddess
Lillake - Part Two Chapter Six p. 2209 - apparently the first wife of Adam in the form of Lilith
Nakht-re, Re-nefer and Re-mose do not seem to be mentioned in history, so must be inventions of Anita Diamant. Re-mose's name seems to be suggestive of Moses, but apparently, 400 years passed between Joseph's death and the exodus from Egypt
Bes - Part Three Chapter Two p.. 287 - another Egyptian god of childbirth
Hathor, Goddess of Love, Music, and Beauty - Part Three Chapter Two p. 287 - is doubtless the Golden Lady Hathor that the sistrum-player refers to
Egypt Calendar - Part Three Chapter Three p. 322 - mentions the seasons like akhit, perit, and shemou
Zafenat Paneh-ah - Part Three Chapter Four p. 342 - according to the Bible, Joseph's name - Zafenat Paneh-ah - was actually Zaphnathpaaneah
"Simon and Levi, also born of Leah, were murdered in Tanis when I was a baby" - Part Three Chapter Five p. 375 - I can find no mention of this in the Bible
The Rise and Fall of the Jacobite Rebellion - Part Three Chapter Five p. 378 - 'Jacobite' seems to have had various meanings throughout history