Anita Diamant is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors. She grew up in Newark, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado for two years, then transferred to Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature in 1973. She obtained a master’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1975. She lives with her husband and daughter near Boston. Diamant began her writing career as a freelance journalist and over the years, she has written for the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Yankee, Self, Parenting, Parents, McCalls, Ms., and others. She's the author of six books about contemporary Jewish practice, one collection of autobiographical essays (Pitching My Tent) and three prior novels. The Red Tent (1997), her first novel, was a national bestseller.