The Henna Artist - Alka Joshi

The Henna Artist

By Alka Joshi

  • Release Date: 2020-03-03
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,868 Ratings

Description

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK

"Captivated me from the first chapter to the final page."—Reese Witherspoon

Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own…

Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow—a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.

“Eloquent and moving…Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love.”—Publishers Weekly

Look for The Secret Keeper of Jaipur and The Perfumist of Paris from New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi!

Reviews

  • Wonderful!!!

    5
    By decour dujour
    I loved it from start to finish. Well written, exciting, heartbreaking, a whirlwind of self discovery.
  • Wow

    5
    By Kebello
    Fascinating story, beautifullly written.
  • Wonderful

    5
    By Kerryr3
    Stick with this one. It develops into something so beautiful. I won’t soon forget it. And will definitely revisit it again.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By natasharam
    A great story and it just keeps getting better!
  • The Henna Artist

    4
    By Joanabake
    A very readable novel. I learned so much about Indian culture
  • Ok read

    3
    By Judystep
    Reading about Indian customs, food,traditions was very interesting. Story was good but predictable.
  • Enchanting

    5
    By cimino33
    I ignored most of my life for 2 days as I read about the Henna Artist.. I am looking forward to the next book in the series,,
  • Great story: beautifully written.

    4
    By Doodleman153
    I enjoyed reading this novel. Took me there and kept me interested.
  • Great

    5
    By Rock'n'rani
    Excellent reading!
  • Colorful descriptions, good story

    4
    By DonnaJSue
    The story of a single woman trying to make her way in a country where her gender and her place in society both constantly put roadblocks in her way is good and sometimes uplifting. I loved how the story was steeped in descriptions of dialect, clothing, food and how a person lived in that part of Asia in the 50’s. As I said, the story was a good one and relatable. The characters are believable and well rounded.