Thursday, February 19, 2015

How Much of My Real Life Is in Scent of Butterflies by Dora Levy Mossanen + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

Scent of Butterflies
Dora Levy Mossanen

Betrayal, forgiveness, identity and obsession churn against the tumultuous landscape of the Islamic revolution and seemingly perfect gardens of southern California in this compelling novel from bestselling author Dora Levy Mossanen.

Amidst a shattering betrayal and a country in turmoil, Soraya flees Iran to make a new life for herself in Los Angeles. The cruel and intimate blow her husband has dealt her awakens an obsessive streak that explodes in the heated world of Southern California, as Soraya plots her revenge against the other woman, her best friend, Butterfly. What she discovers proves far more devastating than anything she had ever imagined, unleashing a whirlwind of events that leave the reader breathless.

A novel singed by the flavors of Tehran, imbued with the Iranian roots of Persepolis and the culture clash of Rooftops of Tehran, this is a striking, nuanced story of a woman caught between two worlds, from the bestselling author of Harem.

The Inspiration for Scent of Butterflies

The plot of none of my other novels are so closely inspired by the difficult divorce l was going though more than twenty years ago. Look, I found out my husband was having an affair. Not a one time “mistake,” mind you, but a “mistake” that was repeated over and over again for far too many years. Do you blame me for wanting a divorce? Well, everyone in my Persian community did.

The entire preaching community of men and women, who pretended to be my very best friends, swooped down from their high perches to warn me that I’d never, ever survive divorce. Warn me that I’d be ostracized from my Persian Jewish community, that I’d lose everything and live in poverty—in a roofless shack somewhere in the boondocks of south Los Angeles—for the rest of my life—a short life, mind you, since every half-wit on this planet knows that a woman can’t last long without the support of her man. A man, on the other hand, they said, needs more than one woman. That is his God-given right. A wife needs to shut up and count her blessings. What’s wrong with you, girl? Have you lost your mind? Go on a shopping spree; get yourself designer clothes, fine jewelry, smile, and look pretty by your husband’s side. What else do you want?

Well, I wanted a divorce, and I wanted much more. But more than anything else, I wanted something I couldn’t have back in Iran: the right to bang freely on my keyboard and pour my heart out, without fear of being tossed forever into the dark dungeons of the dreaded Evin Prison.

I was in America now, I reminded myself, the land of liberty and justice for all. I would survive a divorce. And I would write a book that will expose the inequalities women suffer, not just in backward countries, but in communities that despite immigrating to more tolerant countries, are loath to free themselves of their outdated mores. So, I embarked on the long, often difficult, but mostly gratifying journey of expressing my rage in my writing. It is in Scent of Butterflies that I exacted revenge from that other woman, did all the bad things I wanted to do to her, but didn’t attempt to, either because I’m a coward or because a bit of common sense is left somewhere in the labyrinth of my feminine mind.

About the Author

Dora Levy Mossanen was born in Israel and moved to Iran when she was nine. At the onset of the Islamic revolution, she and her family moved to the United States. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California—Los Angeles and a master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.

Dora is the bestselling author of the acclaimed novels Harem, Courtesan, and The Last Romanov. Her fourth and most provocative book, Scent of Butterflies, was released January 7, 2014. She is a frequent contributor to numerous media outlets including the Huffington Post and the Jewish Journal. She has been featured on KCRW, The Politics of Culture, Voice of Russia, Radio Iran and numerous other radio and television programs. She is the recipient of the prestigious San Diego Editors’ choice award and was accepted as contributor to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Dora Levy Mossanen’s novels have been translated into numerous languages world-wide.


Books à la Mode is giving away one print copy of Scent of Butterflies—yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is answer Dora's question in a comment below:
Have you ever fallen in love with a flawed character in a book you read? I did, with the biblical King David, whose life is rendered brilliantly in David the Divided Heart by David Wolpe. King David was a warrior, a lover, a leader, and a poet. He also committed murder and adultery, and he had a tendency to vacillate. But, boy, was he charismatic, charming, and often benevolent. Above all, he possessed the art of listening to his women, as well as the ability to hear them—can’t think of a sexier quality.
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