Dora Levy Mossanen

Dora Levy Mossanen is an internationally acclaimed bestselling novelist, and book reviewer for The Jewish Journal. Born in Israel, Ms. Mossanen moved to Iran at the age of nine and has lived in Los Angeles since the onset of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Her widely acclaimed novels Harem, Courtesan, The Last Romanov, and Scent of Butterflies have been translated into numerous languages and distributed worldwide.

She is the recipient of the prestigious San Diego Editors’ Choice Award and Best Historical Novel of the Year from The Romantic Times. She has been featured in various publications and media outlets, including Sh’ma, The Los Angeles Times, KCRW, Radio Iran, Radio Russia, and JWT, and has appeared on numerous television programs.

Her writings have been praised by many celebrated authors, among them: Amy Ephron, Steve Berry, Jonathan Kirsch, John Rechy, and Robin Maxwell, to name a few.

Ms. Mossanen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master’s of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California (USC).

Book Reviews by Dora Levy Mossanen

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Having not yet recovered from the unexpected loss of my young cousin, I had mixed feelings about reviewing The Blessing of Sorrow: Turning Grief into Healing by Rabbi Ben Kamin.

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“Ondaatje has spun a dazzling tale that lingers long after the book is closed.”  

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“Rose has again masterfully mined a magic-infused art world of dramatic twists and turns, a luscious romp readers will thoroughly enjoy.”

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A valuable 14th century Haggadah inscribed by a Sephardic rabbi and beautifully illustrated by his talented wife takes center stage in Alyson Richman’s richly imagined sixth novel, The Velvet H