The Henna Artist with Alka Joshi: A Live /Virtual Event

Aliki Joshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Henna Artist will present a live virtual book presentation and discussion at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 6th, 2021. This is a ticketed Live-on-Zoom event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society in partnership with Book Beat. Tickets can include a signed hardcover or a newly released signed paperback copy of Aliki Joshi’s highly acclaimed debut novel The Henna Artist. Tickets may be purchased now from the Metro Detroit Book & Author Society.

Captivated me from the first chapter to the final page.“—Reese Witherspoon

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.

THE HENNA ARTIST was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2020 on Goodreads.

“The Henna Artist” is an amiable and entertaining debut novel about an important theme — balancing family with personal ambition — that allows readers to escape into a fantasy teeming with sensory pleasure.”—San Francisco Chronicle

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

Alka Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts. At age 62, Joshi released her debut novel, The Henna Artist, which immediately became a NYT bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, was Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and is being developed for a TV series. The sequel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, premieres June 2021.

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