The Henna Artist (Hardcover)

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I loved this absorbing book! Lakshmi is the ultimate strong woman, noticeably so for 1950s India. We have front row seats to Lakshmi’s life as a henna artist, her fraught relationship with her previously unknown sister, and the effects of rumor, gossip and vindictiveness on the course of Lakshmi’s life and fortunes. Through it all, Lakshmi shines as her own woman, and all of the characters in the book are vividly brought to life. - Stacey

— Stacey




"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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780778309451
ISBN-10: 0778309452
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Pages: 368
Language: English

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