After the fall of the Shah, Soraya flees to America to plot her revenge after she discovers that her husband has been cheating on her with her best friend. - (Baker & Taylor)
An Iranian woman flees to America to take revenge on the two people she trusted the most
Soraya flies to America from Iran to plot revenge against her husband and her best friend who have betrayed her in the cruelest possible way. Against the backdrop of momentous historical events in Iran, we follow Soraya to Bel Air where she creates a haven for her butterfly obsession. When Soraya lures her friend to town, she arrives with Soraya's husband in tow. The unexpected secret they reveal to Soraya is far more devastating than anything she had imagined, threatening to further unhinge her.
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Betrayal, forgiveness, identity and obsession churn against the tumultuous landscape of the Islamic revolution and the 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. What she discovers proves far more devastating than anything she had ever imagined, unleashing a whirlwind of events that leave the reader breathless.
"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
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After Soraya finds out that her husband had been cheating on her with one of her closest friends, she leaves her home, family, and friends in Iran to make a new life for herself in Los Angeles. Constantly confronted with the contrasts between traditional Muslim culture and the ways of urban America, Soraya struggles to find a comfortable identity among so many conflicting ideals. It isn't until she uncovers a terrifying, amazing secret that she realizes how clear her future has suddenly become. In her latest, Mossanen (The Last Romanov, 2012) examines what happens when one woman's predictable routine, treasured relationships, and sense of self have all been shattered. Soraya's enduring love of the natural world lets Mossanen sprinkle the scientific names of many plants and insects throughout the text, which mix appealingly with the often dreamy and lyrical narration. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert and Kristin Hannah will appreciate Soraya's story as Scent of Butterflies sets betrayal, forgiveness, identity, and obsession against the tumultuous landscapes of post-shah Iran and Southern California. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.