"A lush, superbly narrated and highly provocative excursion into the passions and politics of love in our own tumultuous times."

—Jonathan Kirsch, The Jewish Journal

About Dora

Dora Levy Mossanen was born in Israel and moved to Iran when she was nine.At the onset of the Islamic Revolution, her family was forced to leave Iran.

They eventually settled in Los Angeles.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master’s of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California (USC).

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Praise for Dora's Books

“Elegant. Rich with myth, history, politics, fantasy, and life intermingled—as if the voice of an Isabel Allende of Persia has emerged.”
— Amy Ephron

“… an exhilarating epic that roams from Persia to Paris, to South Africa, carrying the reader along on a wave of intrigue, murder, and romance.”
— John Rechy, author of City of Night

“Compulsive reading right from the start. Gorgeous imagery and outrageous characters whose stories grab you and hold you enthralled till you’ve turned the final page.”
— Robin Maxwell, author of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn and Virgin

“A novel that twists its way into the dark heart of friendship, betrayal, love, and identity, Dora Levy Mossanen’s Scent of Butterflies assumes the shape of its titular creatures, beautiful, surprisingly dangerous, and too delicate to pin down.”
— Elizabeth Eslami, author of Bone Worship and Hibernate

“Dora Levy Mossanen masters the fine-tuned powers of language. She has the rare talent to transform the ‘lust-vein’ of our imagination into a panoply of lyrical imagery, at once visual and sensual. Her characters live out loud in the best tradition of a Zola-styled narrative.”
— James Ragan, poet and author of Lusions

News & Events

Italian translation of Scent of Butterflies is now available! 

Scent of Butterflies makes Denver Post’s Best Seller list!!!

Scent of Butterflies arrived in Denver with a Book Signing at the Tattered Cover

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