Dorit Rabinyan (1972) was born in Israel to a Jewish family of Iranian descent. Her two novels, Persian Brides (Canongate, 1997) and Strand Of A Thousand Pearls (Random House, 2002) became international bestsellers and have been translated into 15 languages. In addition, Rabinyan wrote a children’s book and a script for Israeli commercial television, “Shuli’s Fiancé,” which won the Israeli Film Academy Award. She has been awarded the Yitzhak and Tova Vinner Prize (1996), The Jewish Wingate Quarterly Award (1999), the Prime Minister’s Prize (2000), and The Literary Acum Award (2009). Rabinyan has written a weekly column for Haaretz Literary Supplement. She lives in Tel Aviv.