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The Red Tent
I loaned my mother my copy of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent many months ago. She just called to ask if it was me who had loaned it to her and wanted my permission to loan it to a friend.

She loved it and that fills me with such...contentedness.

My mother and I had opposing tastes in reading when I was growing up. We both read a lot, but she read paperback romance fluff to unwind at the end of the day and I read the classics, fantasy, and even gritty novels. I also enjoy non-fiction, which I've never seen in her hand.

Recently, in her retirement, my mother has started attending a book club. And with all of the Cold Mountain stuff they read, I knew that The Red Tent would be an enjoyable improvement.

I read it during a particularly challenging summer: in Atlanta at my first full time job as a dead-end executive assistant after I'd dropped out of school in April. I remember The Red Tent and Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon as the only moment that didn't shatter my faith in the real world, in work, in an already failing relationship.

My friend Elizabeth keeps asking me if I've ever read The Red Tent. She keeps forgetting who has and who hasn't, for its one of her favorites that she lends out to people. Before I loaned it to my mom, I put my copy in the hands of frolicswllamas and she in turn thrust it onto her mother's reading list. I also bought kesterly her own copy for Christmas and whose mother is reading it now.

It gets around. And for good reason. It's a damn good book.

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frolicswllamas From: frolicswllamas Date: June 13th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC) (link)
It certainly is, and my mother enjoyed it, too. She used to only read science fiction novels, but lately (in past decade) she's really branched out into other categories.

I think it's amusing that both your mother and Stephanie's mom read romance novels (and moreso, that you both posted about it today). I wonder if it's a Mom-thing. My mother's poison was sci-fi.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: June 13th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC) (link)
I saw Stephanie's post a few minutes after I posted this. If I knew Stephanie's mom well-enough, I'd make the recommendation to her. But I'd rather get Steph to read it first and make the determination for herself whether her mother would enjoy it or not.

Then again, it's a best seller for a reason - nearly everyone who read it loved it, no matter their station or interests in life.
gsan From: gsan Date: June 13th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (link)
"I wonder if it's a Mom-thing."

It probably is ;) I remember growing up (especially when it was just Mom and I in the house) seeing Danielle Steele books and the like littered everywhere, with the occasional sci-fi/fantasy paperback somewhere around it (mine :p ).

Neither one of us liked the other's taste in books very much *laugh*
stephaneyney From: stephaneyney Date: June 13th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC) (link)
What is the book about? I have always meant to pick it up, but I never got a chance.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: June 13th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC) (link)
It's a fictional retelling of the life of a character from the Bible: Dinah, daughter of Jacob and one of his four wives.

Amazon link.
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