Alka Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts and runs an advertising and marketing agency. She has lived in France and Italy and currently lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband. The Henna Artist is her first novel.
Alka Joshi recommends
How to Kidnap the Rich (2021)
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Daughters of Sparta (2021)
"Helen of Troy and her sister Klytemnestra are reimagined in this gorgeous retelling of the classic Greek mythnot as women defined by their husbands and lovers but as battle-weary survivors of a patriarchal society who take control of their own destiny. Absolutely riveting!"
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No Land to Light On (2022)
"Zgheib writes so lyrically about rootlessness, separation and a fierce longing for home that it makes the tragedy of war that much easier to bear. Sama and Hadi will always hold a special place in my heart."
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