This was not for my challenge. I recorded the Lifetime miniseries on DVR and had saved it for months until I read the book. (Turns out I accidentally recorded Part 2, so I still haven’t seen the first half. Glad I read it.)
This book is fantastic! An imagined life of Biblical Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah, who is merely mentioned in passing in Genesis. She is also the sister of Joseph (of Technicolor Dreamcoat fame). As the only girl, she spends her time among Jacobs wives in the red tent, where menstruating women gather every month, as they are considered unclean–and since they all live together, they have that weird moon thing where all their cycles line up. Dinah learns midwifery and other healing skills early by watching the women around her.
Unfortunately, Dinah falls in love at first sight. Thanks to chaos on the part of her jealous brothers (man, no one could be happy in that family) remarkable tragedy ensues. Seriously messed up tragedy. I feel like I can’t say much because everything in the book is important and leads to something else. She ends up in Egypt and relies on the lessons of her mothers in order to forge her own path.
This story is beautiful, possibly the best novel I’ve read so far this year. I ran the full gamut of emotions reading this one. I can’t recommend it enough!!