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Author: Alka Joshi Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Harlequin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2020 ISBN: 9781488208096
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Escaping from an arranged and abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone from her 1950s rural village to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the henna artist—and confidante—most in demand 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.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like a brilliant, magical kaleidoscope, bursting with color…The Henna Artist kept me riveted from start to finish.”

    Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling author

  • 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 in your psyche.”

    Tom Barbash, author of Stay Up With Me

  • “Alka Joshi’s superb first novel is unforgettable…Read this book slowly and savor it: Every page is rich with intricate pleasures for the mind and the heart.”

    Anita Amirrezvani, author of The Blood of Flowers

  • “Everything a great novel needs: 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, author of The Last Draft: A Novelist’s Guide to Revision

  • “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, author of The Good Life

  • “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, author of America for Beginners

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About the Author

Alka Joshi is a graduate of Stanford University and received her MFA from the California College of the Arts. She has worked as an advertising copywriter, a marketing consultant, and an illustrator. Alka was born in India, in the state of Rajasthan. Her family came to the United States when she was nine, and she now lives on California’s Monterey Peninsula with her husband and two misbehaving pups.

About the Narrator

Sneha Mathan spent a peripatetic childhood in India, punctuated by a short spell in the Seychelles. Now fixedly based in Seattle, she works as a voice actor and audiobook narrator. Her audiobook work has received four Earphones Awards, and she is a two-time finalist for the Audie Award.