Monday, August 31, 2009

Wassup on Monday?!

Past Week, I started Footsteps in the Dark, but then also started Nefertiti and got so submerged into it that I didn't finish Georgette Heyer's book!
So this week I am back reading,

Footsteps in the Dark~~
The Priory may be ramshackle in appearance, but Peter, Margaret and Celia, who inherited it from their uncle, love it for its rambling charm. But there's more to this house than is at first apparent: for years hardly a single person has set foot in the place, and even their uncle chose to live in a different house, far away from this particular property.
Local wisdom says that the house is haunted. And when things start going bump in the night, it certainly seems as if something ghostly is walking the Priory's halls. Then a murder is committed. Does the key to solving the crime lie in the realm of the supernatural? Or is the explanation much more down to earth?
Blurb from Arrow books paperback edition (2006)

The Red Tent~~

The red tent is the place where women gathered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insider's look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives and their one and only daughter, Dinah. Told in the voice of Jacob's daughter Dinah (who only received a glimpse of recognition in the Book of Genesis), we are privy to the fascinating feminine characters who bled within the red tent. In a confiding and poetic voice, Dinah whispers stories of her four mothers, Rachel, Leah, Zilpah, and Bilhah--all wives to Jacob, and each one embodying unique feminine traits. As she reveals these sensual and emotionally charged stories we learn of birthing miracles, slaves, artisans, household gods, and sisterhood secrets. Eventually Dinah delves into her own saga of betrayals, grief, and a call to midwifery.

"Like any sisters who live together and share a husband, my mother and aunties spun a sticky web of loyalties and grudges," Anita Diamant writes in the voice of Dinah. "They traded secrets like bracelets, and these were handed down to me the only surviving girl. They told me things I was too young to hear. They held my face between their hands and made me swear to remember." Remembering woman's earthy stories and passionate history is indeed the theme of this magnificent book. In fact, it's been said that The Red Tent is what the Bible might have been had it been written by God's daughters, instead of her sons. --Gail Hudson

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7 comments:

Teddyree said...

LOL I get sidetracked all the time. I loved Nefertiti, off to check out your review. Have a great reading week :-)

K said...

The Red Tent sounds pretty interesting. I'm adding it to my list.
Loved your review of Nefertiti.

Happy Reading !!

violetcrush said...

I saw The Red Tent for real cheap last weekend in a second hand bookstore. I didn't pick it up though. I'll wait for your review and probably go back to buy it :)

Pratima said...

Had never heard of these! They look to be interesting..am going to check them out. This is one great thing about tracking book blogs...u get to know about such lovely books :)

iwriteinbooks said...

Ah, The Red Tent. I really need t read it. It's been on my list for ages. I tried to read it years ago but i think I was too young. Hope you enjoy it!

Teddyree said...

PS I have an award for you, you can pick it up at The Eclectic Reader

Iliana said...

How are you enjoying the Georgette Heyer book? I read a couple earlier this year and thought they were fun reads. The Red Tent I read years ago and unfortunately I didn't like it much but it seemed to be a favorite for a lot of local book groups. Hope you enjoy your reads!

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