Anita Diamant eBooks
Jewish-American author Anita Diamant was born in 1951 in New Jersey. She moved to Colorado with her family at twelve. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts, where she helped found a community-based ritual bath.
Much of Diamant’s writing career has been focused on guide books. She started work as a writer in 1975, after she received degrees in comparative literature and English. As a freelance writer, she was published in magazines and newspapers.
After ten years as a working writer, Diamant began to focus on books. In 1985, her first book was published. The New Jewish Wedding was a guide for couples to plan their ceremonies and receptions. After this, she wrote three other guide books aimed at a Jewish market, including 1991’s Living a Jewish Life.
Diamant had mainstream success with her first novel, The Red Tent, which was published in 1997. This reimagining of the lives of Biblical women was a New York Times best seller and remains popular. In it, she portrays the minor characters in the Bible as being part of a strong community.
Since The Red Tent, Diamant has written three other novels. The Last Days of Dogtown, published in 2005, is about a dying village in 19th century Massachusetts. Her most recent novel, Day After Night was published in 2009. She has also written additional guide books, including a parenting book, How to Be a Jewish Parent. Updated versions of her earlier books have also been published since 2001.