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The Henna Artist

(2020)
A novel by

 
 
A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK

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

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.

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

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Alka Joshi's superb first novel is unforgettable.... Read this book slowly and savor it: Every page is rich with intricate pleasures for both the mind and the heart." - Anita Amirrezvani

"The Henna Artist is a bold, ambitious, beautifully written novel about India in the decade after independence, and about class, identity, love and deceit. The broad cast of characters will etch themselves into your psyche." - Tom Barbash

"Like a brilliant, magical kaleidoscope, bursting with color...The Henna Artist kept me riveted from start to finish." - Lauren Belfer

"Fantastic, so evocative and beautiful and full of life and light.... The Henna Artist is detailed and sumptuous, vivid in its characters and deeply satisfying in its storytelling." - Leah Franqui

"Alka Joshi's debut novel is a richly drawn design of love and the many hungers that drive human beings...a lush, gorgeous journey that any reader will be sorry to see end." - Erin McGraw

"The Henna Artist is a delicious, old-fashioned tale about timeless heartaches. There's something elemental and mythic about Lakshmi and her knowledge of spices, roots, oils, and barks that drew me into the kind of world I gladly lived in when reading fairy tales as a child, a place inhabited by powerful queens, talking birds, magical drinks, orphans, sad princesses, clever servants, and dangerous poisons. I'm in awe of Joshi's storytelling and a little jealous of the character who winds up with the talking bird. 'Namaste!' as he says. 'Bonjour! Welcome!'" - Laura McNeal

"Romantic, old-time Rajasthan leaps to life in the skilled hands of Alka Joshi. The Henna Artist brims over with richly drawn customs, locations, and characters. I can hardly wait for Alka Joshi's next masterpiece." - Sujata Massey

"Everything a great novel needs is here: The protagonist balancing impossible burdens with her bountiful talents; the many other characters, each so colorful and complex, each necessary to the intricate and delicate plot, Such a satisfying novel!" - Sandra Scofield


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June 2020 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Henna Artist (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Alka Joshi
ISBN: 1-4328-8316-X / 978-1-4328-8316-4 (USA edition)
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March 2020 : Canada Hardback
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Title: The Henna Artist: A Novel
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July 2021 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Henna Artist
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May 2021 : USA Paperback

Title: The Henna Artist
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April 2021 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Henna Artist: A Novel
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May 2020 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Henna Artist
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March 2020 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Henna Artist: A Novel
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March 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Henna Artist
Author(s): Alka Joshi
ISBN: 1-09-409835-3 / 978-1-09-409835-7
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March 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Henna Artist
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ISBN: 1-09-409836-1 / 978-1-09-409836-4
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March 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: The Henna Artist: Library Edition
Author(s): Alka Joshi
ISBN: 1-09-409834-5 / 978-1-09-409834-0
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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March 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Henna Artist: A Novel
Author(s): Alka Joshi
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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March 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Henna Artist: A Novel
Author(s): Alka Joshi
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Henna Artist: A Novel
Author(s): Alka Joshi
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Henna Artist: A Novel
Author(s): Alka Joshi
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
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April 2020 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Henna Artist
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March 2020 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Henna Artist: A Novel
Author(s): Alka Joshi
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