Chatting on the phone with Steve, cherished writing partner and Ukelele guru, we covered the usual topics (movies, books, gossip) and then he asked, “Feeling a little rootless?”

“Yeah,” I answered, glibly.

He knew that I had shipped the copy edited manuscript of my novel back to the publisher about a week ago. Ever since, I’ve been cleaning my office, filing stuff, purging the bookshelves of college texts (did I really think I’d read Horace ever again? and if I want to, there’s the library…)Sure, Passover kept me occupied for a while there but, the chasm yawns. What next?

S. and I shared a laugh.

Either we’re miserable and writing, or else we’re not-writing and shuddering with anxiety about what to write next.



  1. Bo Cox on April 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Anita!

    I just finished The Red Tent. It was a fantastic read and was also quite intriguing. My friend said that there is an interview in the back of the book, but I can’t seem to find one in my copy. This may be a question requiring a longer response than you care to write, but I am curious as to why you chose to write this story. Was it to give a voice to the women of this notably patriarchal epoch? Thank you for your book!


  2. Anita Diamant on April 15, 2009 at 6:18 am

    Hi Bo:
    Please check out the FAQs on my website.
    I think the interview is in the tenth anniversary edition only.
    maybe I should post that online, eh?
    Thanks for writing!

  3. Freedom on April 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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  4. Freedom on April 17, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Yes, post the interview. And if you have any additional thoughts you just MUST get out, that would be a good time to add those, too.

    Relaxing is hard for non-authors, too. Our “new” dog, Tashi, gets me out on walks twice a day so I get to greet the day and say good nite with a new appreciation for quite walks in my neighborhood.

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