Dorit Rabinyan was born in Israel to an Iranian-Jewish family. She is the recipient of the Itzhak Vinner Prize, the ACUM Award, The Prime Minister’s Prize and the Jewish Wingate Quarterly Award (London). Her first two novels PERSIAN BRIDES (1995) and A STRAND OF A THOUSAND PEARLS (1999) were both best sellers and translated into fifteen languages. She also published a book of poetry titled YES, YES, YES in 1991 and a picture book titled WHERE WAS I? in 2006. In 2014 Rabinyan published her third novel, ALL THE RIVERS, an immediate bestseller in Israel. The novel was named one of the ten best books of the year by Ha’aretz newspaper and was also awarded the prestigious Bernstein Award for Literature. In January 2016 ALL THE RIVERS became the center of a political scandal in Israel when the Ministry of Education banned the book from high school curriculum.