Anita Diamant

Anita  Diamant

Anita Diamant’s first work of fiction, The Red Tent, won the 2001 Booksense Book of the Year Award. Based on the biblical story of Dinah, The Red Tent became a word-of-mouth bestseller in the US and overseas, where it has been published in 25 countries. Diamant has set two other novels on Cape Ann, just north of Boston: Good Harbor, a contemporary story about two women who become friends over the course of a summer, and The Last Days of Dogtown, which takes place in the early 1800s and recounts the tale of a group of historically invisible New England characters, including free Africans, spinsters, and widows.

Her latest novel, Day After Night, is set in 1945 in Palestine and tells the story of four young Jewish women--survivors with four very different Holocaust stories--who make their way to the land of Israel where they confront an uncertain future haunted by the past. Diamant’s six non-fiction guides to contemporary Jewish life are classic reference books: How to Raise a Jewish Child, Saying Kaddish, Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism, Living a Jewish Life, The New Jewish Baby Book, and The New Jewish Wedding. She has also published a collection of essays Pitching My Tent: On Marriage, Motherhood, Friendship and Other Leaps of Faith.

An award-winning journalist, Diamant's work has appeared in such publications as the Boston Globe, Parenting Magazine, Parents, Boston, Yankee, and Reform Judaism. She has also written lyrics for songs, with music by Bert Seager.

Anita Diamant grew up in Newark, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in comparative literature and holds a Master’s Degree in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, Jim; they have one grown daughter, Emilia. Diamant is the founder and president of Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center, a 21st century resource dedicated to enriching Jewish life and exploring the ancient traditions of ritual immersion. (www.mayyimhayyim.org)