The voice of Dinah, the daughter of the biblical Jacob with the 12 sons. Very interesting look into the "red tent" where the women congregated once a month and when tending their infants. It is full of the history of how the women lived in biblical times.
From Library Journal
Skillfully interweaving biblical tales with events and characters of her own invention, Diamant\'s (Living a Jewish Life, 1991) sweeping first novel re-creates the life of Dinah, daughter of Leah and Jacob, from her birth and happy childhood in Mesopotamia through her years in Canaan and death in Egypt. When Dinah reaches puberty and enters the Red Tent (the place women visit to give birth or have their monthly periods), her mother and Jacob\'s three other wives initiate her into the religious and sexual practices of the tribe. Diamant sympathetically describes Dinah\'s doomed relationship with Shalem, son of a ruler of Shechem, and his brutal death at the hands of her brothers. Following the events in Canaan, a pregnant Dinah travels to Egypt, where she becomes a noted midwife. Diamant has written a thoroughly enjoyable and illuminating portrait of a fascinating woman and the life she might have lived.