Anita Diamant: Biography

Anita Diamant

27 jun 1951

Anita Diamant (born on June 27, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American journalist and author of fiction and non-fiction books.

She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Comparative Literature in 1973, and earned a Master's in American Studies from State University of New York at Binghamton two years later.

In 1975, Diamant moved to Boston to work as a journalist. She wrote for various newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and Parenting Magazine. Diamant was noted for bringing an insightful, personal view to political, ethical, and gender-specific issues.

A child of Holocaust survivors, Anita Diamant considers Judaism to be a crucial element of her identity. She has written numerous guidebooks to Jewish life and lifecycle events, from The New Jewish Wedding (1985) to How to Raise a Jewish Child (2000). She is also the prime mover behind her new community mikveh, Mayyim Hayyim (Living Waters).

In 1997, Diamant made her breakthrough as a fiction writer producing The Red Tent, a historical novel loosely based on one small section of the Bible that mentions Dinah, daughter of Jacob. In a world where "women's friendships are unspoken and undervalued", she chose to weave in themes about the complexities of female friendship and the powerful bond of sisterhood.

The Red Tent won the 2001 Booksense Book of the Year Award and became a word-of-mouth bestseller in more than 25 countries. In 2014, the novel was adapted as a two-part miniseries by Lifetime channel starring Minnie Driver and Debra Winger.

Her latest novel, The Boston Girl (2014), is a coming-of-age story about an immigrant girl in the early 20th century, focusing on women, religion, and parental expectations.

Diamant's other novels include Good Harbor (2001), The Last Days of Dogtown (2005), and Day After Night (2009).