Diamant has achieved fame worldwide as the author of The Red Tent
(1997), but this collection brings together essays that first saw life as newspaper and magazine columns and were written primarily before her megabook. She has revised and updated most of the pieces and links them together as seasons of life--love and marriage, motherhood, middle age, death--offering ruminations along the way about life's precious milestones, including holidays, retirement, and the moment when a child leaves home. Diamant also writes about her husband, a lapsed Presbyterian who converted to Judaism and helped her find a more meaningful faith, and her daughter and what it meant to her sense of self to become a mother. She talks about her first retreat and how she wants to retire to a commune with other aged hippies. And always there is her religion, which centers her, sustains her, and marks the passage of time. The essays, some quite short, have the feel of Anna Quindlen's later work but with a Jewish flavor, of course. Yet the topics and feelings Diamant writes about are so universal that putting a religious label on them does them an injustice. Comforting and thought provoking but never saccharine. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"Readers will find much to identify with....[Diamant's] pieces are laced with an insider's irony, as well as insight and poignancy." -- Jewish Woman
"Celebrates the mystery, complexity, and power of faith." -- Book
"Diamant's graceful prose is down-to-earth and true." -- The Boston Globe