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Publisher Description

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK

'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.' Reese Witherspoon

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.

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.

PRAISE

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

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
1 April
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
HQ Fiction
SELLER
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited
SIZE
995.6
KB

Customer Reviews

yellow gemini ,

A vivid, wonderful story

Prepare to be transported to exotic Jaipur! This wonderful story is beautifully written and invokes such vivid images. You will not be disappointed, a must read!

Leggy from Down Under ,

Beautifully written

Through turning pages I transported myself to India, learned of its cultures, history, castes & simple life. The characters grew & blended into the story line based on the author’s mother. It’s a whole different world that I moved through & became attached to for a resounding finish. Just loved it.