Funny because on the same day that I picked that particular book up, I also nabbed Empress Orchid by Anchii Min, and read that with gusto as well. Very feminine angle etc, but that is also drenched in history and tradition of that era and area. Then I started Red Tent and thought what a coincidence that I should pick up two books ad lib that are so 'similar'. Also recommend, beautifully written and informative about that dynasty.
I've read Anita Diamant's other books. They are quite different from The red tent. She's written a selection of essays on being jewish, amongst other things as well as some more fiction, but in my opinion not as interesting as TRT. Look at Amazon for her other books.
Just finished "Away" by Amy Bloom which was fantastic, in case you are looking for a good read (set in 1924 New York)
I tend to get caught up in 'perspectives' when I find a good 'stream'. I've just got another by Nora Loft 'The Kings Pleasures' (am crapp at British History) hope to be enlightened a bit. Anyone know of any other 'bible era' books like that? Am not religious in the slightest, but lived in Israel most of my life (no, not Jewish) therefore familar with the traditions, places, names, rituals... It just 'did' it for me...(plus I love strength of females/sisterhood in chauvinistic settings) ha ha ha....
Dissenting voice .... I thought TRT was OK but nothing remarkable. The story was gripping, and I'll go back to re-read the story of Jacob in the Bible, but I didn't like the style of writing, which I found clunky. It did make two of our book group cry, though.