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The Henna Artist: A Novel
The Henna Artist: A Novel
The Henna Artist: A Novel
Audiobook10 hours

The Henna Artist: A Novel

Written by Alka Joshi

Narrated by Sneha Mathan

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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About this audiobook

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.

Editor's Note

Reese’s book club…

Alka Joshi’s novel is the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick for May 2020. “This vivid story is so rich and complex… reading about Lakshmi’s journey from escaping an abusive marriage to becoming one of the most sought-after henna artists in Jaipur captivated me from the first chapter to the final page,” Witherspoon wrote on the club’s website.

LanguageEnglish
PublisherHarperAudio
Release dateMar 3, 2020
ISBN9781488208096
The Henna Artist: A Novel
Author

Alka Joshi

Alka Joshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Henna Artist. Born in India and raised in the United States since the age of nine, she has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I really enjoyed this story and the nuanced views on women’s reproductive rights in 1950s India. Also the narrator was excellent! Her pronunciations and cadence were a joy to listen to.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    What a marvelous wonder this book is! It really is amazing. Such a vivid world of complicated people. Like looking in a kaleidoscope! I’m still in awe of all that is packed into this story. I had some hesitation when I started it but it was so immensely captivating. I fell in love with these characters. They are so real, so vivid.

    I was so relieved to find there was a second book. I had to read it immediately after finishing this one. And it was even more enjoyable than this first stupendous story.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Interesting and I Loved it. Worth sharing, look forward to finding more from this author.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Extraordinary story beautifully told great way to learn about a different culture. And A strong and impressive Female character. Highly recommend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    The characters were so dear and special. I loved this story.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    this was a delightful read, and the narrator did it justice.