The Henna Artist (Paperback)

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I was completely engulfed in this story from the very first page to the last word. Lakshmi craves independence - it's at the tip of her fingures - when her younger sister, a sister she didn't know she had, shows up and changes everything... Lakshmi is a well known Henna arist and confidant of the upper caste in India in the city of Jaipur in the 1950's... There are secrets only she knows and must keep to herself... This is a story that will stay with you long after you have finished it... Great for book groups! Watch for her new book The Secret Keeper of Jaipur coming out on June 22, 2021.

— From TONI




"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 from New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi
Product Details
ISBN: 9780778331476
ISBN-10: 0778331474
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 400
Language: English