April 1, 2012
“The Last Romanov” Debuts at Fairfax and Third
For fans of Dora Levy Mossanen, author of the provocative historical novels “Harem” and “Courtesan,” a much-anticipated day has finally arrived — the official publication date of “The Last Romanov” (Sourcebooks, $14.99), yet another example of her gift at conjuring up the enchantments of the past.
My review of “The Last Romanov” will run later this week in The Jewish Journal, but I can tell you now where I will be at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. That’s when Dora will unveil her new book at the Barnes & Noble in The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
As the title of her new book suggests, “The Last Romanov” is set in the court of the last Tsar of All Russia — a place of opulence, decadence and historical consequence — but the story that unfolds in its pages actually shifts back and forth across the span of the 20th century. We may think we know how the story of the Romanovs ended, but Dora works her characteristic magic to dazzle and amaze us.
“A master story teller at the height of her game,” enthuses another historical novelist of my acquaintance, Robin Maxwell, author of “The Secret Dairy of Anne Boleyn.” “Dora Levy Mossanen weaves history and magic into a riveting page-turner.”
Light refreshments and lively conversion are promised for the book launch at Barnes & Noble. Readers of The Jewish Journal, of course, already know that Dora is a literate and discerning book reviewer. Readers of her novels know that she is a beguiling story-teller. And those who have been privileged to meet the author in person know that she is an elegant and arresting speaker, too.
See you soon at the corner of Fairfax and Third!
Jonathan Kirsch, author and publishing attorney, is the book editor of The Jewish Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.