The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi (signed) paperback

“[An] eloquent debut…Joshi’s evocative descriptions capture India’s sensory ambience (horse-drawn tongas, pungent cooking fires and incense, and colorful saris), drawing readers deep into her moving story. Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love.”Publisher’s Weekly

“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

“The henna artist at the core of Alka Joshi’s superb first novel is unforgettable. Through her work painting henna onto women’s bodies in the boudoirs of the upper class as well as in the hovels of the poor, Lakshmi brings us face to face with the complexity of life in post-independence India. Her plans for self-sufficiency, which are as artful as her designs, have us cheering for her even as she encounters obstacles that threaten to destroy her. Read this book slowly and savor it: Every page is rich with intricate pleasures for both the mind and the heart.”
–Anita Amirrezvani, Bestselling Author of The Blood of Flowers and Equal of the Sun

“The Henna Artist is like a brilliant, magical kaleidoscope, bursting with color. Through her vivid, compelling portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, debut novelist Alka Joshi opens a door into a world that is at once lush, fascinating, stark, and cruel. “The Henna Artist” kept me riveted from start to finish, consumed by the question posed by all great fiction: what happens next?”
–Lauren Belfer New York Times Bestselling author of And After the Fire and City of Light.


Interview with Alka Joshi on her Ten Year Journey to Publication


Each copy of the paperback edition will come with a beautifully designed bookplate signed by the author Alka Joshi. Quantities are limited. Thank you for your support!


About the Author: Born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Alka Joshi has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. Her debut novel, The Henna Artist, became a NYT bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, an LA Times bestseller, a USA Today bestseller, Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a top 10 Goodreads book of 2020, and is being developed for an episodic TV series starring Freida Pinto. The sequel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, premieres June 22 from Mira Books. Currently, she’s working on the third book of the trilogy.

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