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Harem: A Novel [Paperback]

By Mossanen Levy (Author)
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Three generations of strong-willed and cunning women are chronicled in this epic novel that takes readers on a seductive and intriguing journey from the humble Persian Jewish Quarters into the fascinating world of shahs, soothsayers, eunuchs, and sultanas.

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A seductive and intriguing journey from the humble Persian Jewish quarter to the fascinating world of shahs, soothsayers, eunuchs, and sultanas, "Harem" follows three generations of strong-willed and cunning women: Rebekah -- a poor girl married to the abusive blacksmith, Jacob the fatherless -- who emerges from her disastrous match with a mysterious brand between her breasts; Gold Dust, Rebekah's treasured daughter, who enters the opulent and perilous world of the harem and captivates the shah with her singing bones; and Gold Dust's daughter, the revered and feared albino princess Raven, who will one day rule the empire.
Rich in visual imagery, "Harem" vividly depicts the exotic bazaars and dangerous alleys of the city and palace chambers brimming with conspiracy and betrayal -- as well as love and redemption. A skillfully crafted, intricately textured novel, "Harem" represents the beginning of a remarkable literary career.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Harem: A Novel by Mossanen Levy has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 07/15/2002
  • Kirkus Reviews - 06/15/2002 page 833
  • Booklist - 06/01/2002 page 1687
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/01/2002 page 54
  • Library Journal - 07/01/2002 page 122
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/08/2002

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Touchstone
Pages   378
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.32" Width: 5.02" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 4, 2016
Publisher   Touchstone
ISBN  0743230213  
ISBN13  9780743230216  

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More About Mossanen Levy

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dora Levy Mossanen was born in Israel and moved to Iran at the age of nine. At the onset of the Islamic Revolution, she and her family moved to the United States. She is a graduate of the USC masters of professional writing program and lives in Beverly Hills, California. She can be reached at

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Literary
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States

Reviews - What do customers think about Harem: A Novel?

Interesting  May 15, 2008
This book really disappointed me. She ruined an otherwise interesting story line with very graphic sex scenes. While I expected this to be part of the book- given its title- it just went on and on. And on. At the same time, I found the writing to be rather juvenile, and the 'happy ending' just seemed out of place.
Just Silly  Apr 1, 2008
The back of the cover kind of says it all in this book.

I was expecting it to be really sexy and have lots of intrigue, but it was quite lacking. I actually had to put this book down, and I rarely do that for any book. The idea that a character could have "singing bones" was just too ridiculous for me.

Anyway, if you want a sultry and sexy mindless read, go for "Harem Girl" instead, this one was just too creepy.
Good at first....but  Oct 28, 2007
This book starts off really good and seems promising...but then it takes an ugly turn and starts becoming absolutey disgusting! There are explicit sex scenes in this book that go beyond your imaginings. It's almost like you're reading a script for a porn movie, and there were times when I had to put the book down to recover from the author's filty words. Do yourself a favor and don't buy this book..don't even bother!!! It's disgusting and nothing but pure trash.
Nothing Can Crush A Strong Spirit  Aug 16, 2007
At least this was the central lesson I took away from Harem, a fable spun of the incredible and of the horrible. I say fable because Harem is not stretched to fit the conventions of a novel. With a certain magic of her own, the author tells a tale of three real and strong women, somehow managing to keep a thread of the fantastic throughout the least pleasant parts of the story. Sitting down with Harem is what I imagine being entertained by a troubadour would have been like.

Of course I'm not a fan of female enslavement--or enslavement of anyone. Looking through 21st century eyes, the Shah's harem seems suffocating and rather misogynistic. But this has happened, and is happening now. It's happening today in the much more subtle pressures of advertising and society, both of which can imprison a woman's spirit just as brick walls do. Books like Harem--and there are a few--do not extol the harem system, but rather the strength and cunning of the women who either thwarted it or used it to their benefit (Roxelana of Turkey, the wife of Suleyman the Magnificent, comes to mind).

Harem has moments where I was grinding my teeth in frustration or disgust. This isn't like Disney's "Aladdin" which whitewashed the classic tale. But it's all done in good taste, and nothing is gratuitous. Readers might also want to bear in mind that this book deals with the harem of the Shah of Persia. "Harem" implies the womens' quarters of any household, and certainly there have been many harems in existence. But in the West we may be more familiar with the harem of the Ottoman Sultans. I only mention this as something to think about should information not gel in one place or another.
A Great Read  Mar 10, 2007
I really like this book, it draws you in. You feel as if youre hearing, tasting, touching the things she describes. I only gave it four stars because having read similar books before it was lacking. Still worth the read though, and I really hope she follows up with these very interesting woman. They overcame alot against the odds.
NOTE..there quite a few disgusting, hurtful,gross scenes. One must remember it was a differrent time.

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