Dora Levy Mossanen

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Dora Levy Mossanen is an American author of historical fiction. Her published works include Harem (2002), Courtesan (2005), The Last Romanov (2012) and Scent of Butterflies (2014). She is a graduate of the USC Masters of Professional Writing Program and is the recipient of the San Diego State University Editor’s Choice Award.

Dora was born in Israel as the country was gaining its independence. She moved to Iran with her family when she was nine.

Joining a family whose roots went back 2,500 years in Persia, her first inspiration and invaluable source of history was her grandfather and renowned historian, Doctor Habib Levy. Dr. Levy introduced Dora to life in Mahaleh, the Jewish ghetto, anti-Semitism, and the challenges of being Jewish in a Mo
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The Last Romanov

3.23 avg rating — 2,196 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Harem

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Scent of Butterflies

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Courtesan

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El Guardian del Haren

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The Library of Light and Shadow: A Novel (The Daughters of La Lune)

Originally published in New York Journal of Books 8-2-2017

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“There was a spectator. A man. He had mad eyes. Like Raven. Moon Face’s words resonated in her mind: “One thing is certain. Children inherit the madness of their fathers.”
Dora Levy Mossanen, Harem
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“I latch my gaze on her, willing her to redirect her attention toward me. And she does. The two of us are masters in the art of silent communication. I wink, smile, nod my encouragement, raise my glass to her health and to what the night might have in store. I shut my eyes, throw my head back, and sip my drink, hot and burning like an insult. I am here, my friend, behind you all the way. Don’t you worry your pretty little head. Expose your hidden self, the woman who puts the red--district whores to shame.”
Dora Levy Mossanen, Scent of Butterflies

“She spreads her knees wide, summons her enormous reserves of strength, and pushes once. A girl is born. A girl with black curls and skin the color of copper. A girl with exquisite golden eyes, one a translucent opal that reflects the depth of her emotions.”
Dora Levy Mossanen, The Last Romanov

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
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“There was a spectator. A man. He had mad eyes. Like Raven. Moon Face’s words resonated in her mind: “One thing is certain. Children inherit the madness of their fathers.”
Dora Levy Mossanen, Harem
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“I latch my gaze on her, willing her to redirect her attention toward me. And she does. The two of us are masters in the art of silent communication. I wink, smile, nod my encouragement, raise my glass to her health and to what the night might have in store. I shut my eyes, throw my head back, and sip my drink, hot and burning like an insult. I am here, my friend, behind you all the way. Don’t you worry your pretty little head. Expose your hidden self, the woman who puts the red--district whores to shame.”
Dora Levy Mossanen, Scent of Butterflies

“She spreads her knees wide, summons her enormous reserves of strength, and pushes once. A girl is born. A girl with black curls and skin the color of copper. A girl with exquisite golden eyes, one a translucent opal that reflects the depth of her emotions.”
Dora Levy Mossanen, The Last Romanov

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Dora Mossanen Join me Sunday, May 18th in Mission Viejo for the event Books Are Better Shared. I will be one of the featured authors. Hope to see you there!
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Dora Mossanen This Saturday, April 5th, you can find me on the author panel
Fiction: Outside Looking In. Come join me!

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Dora Mossanen Join me Sunday, May 18th in Mission Viejo for the event Books Are Better Shared. I will be one of the featured authors. Hope to see you there!

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Dora Mossanen I'm excited to be a guest author at Orange County's Premier Literary Event. You can find me on the panel Fiction: Outside Looking In. Come join me!

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Dora Mossanen I'm honored to share with you Jonathan Kirsch's review of Scent of Butterflies in the Jewish Journal.

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Dora Mossanen By Jennifer Erickson on March 13th, 2014
Tales Inspire Ties Across Cultures
By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy
“Education is the key to equality for women,” said Karen Dennis, chair of the American Association of University Women’s 27th annual literary lunch held last Saturday. No one disagreed.
Year after year the local AAUW showcases women authors to support their mission to empower women and girls through education. The slate never fails to inspire the audience of an event that funds elementary school tutoring and science and math camp for middle school girls, among other programs.
Silent auctions and stellar venue aside, the event’s success owes much to a line-up of speakers who always manage to convince their listeners that they, too, have the power to change lives simply by connecting with others and sharing what they know.

Dora Levy Mossanen surmounted both internal and external cultural barriers through writing. Born in Israel, she moved to Iran at age 9 and then fled with her family to the United States as the Islamic Revolution took hold.
The best-selling author of historical romance novels, including “Harem,” Mossanen admitted that the hardest to write was also the most rewarding. Just-published “Scent of Butterflies,” was inspired by her first husband’s bitter betrayal, culturally accepted in the Persian community while a subsequent divorce was not. But the 20 years she spent cultivating this very personal fiction of betrayal and revenge, “ended up healing me and making me whole again,” she said.

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Dora Mossanen Another fantastic luncheon with the American Association of Univeristy Women! It's such a pleasure to participate and support the AAUW's mission to educate women and young girls.

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Dora Mossanen Please join me at the Literary Luncheon in Huntington Beach, CA this Saturday, March 14th. I am honored to be one of the guest speakers for the American Association of University Women. The AAUW is a national organization that promotes equality for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change.

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Dora Mossanen Please join me at the Literary Luncheon in Laguna Beach this Saturday, March 8th. I am honored to be one of the guest speakers for the American Association of University Women which has been working to empower women and girls since 1881.

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