Happy Monday, Savvy Readers, and welcome to March! We are kicking off this month with a fabulous new featured read. Get lost in the beautiful imagery, rich characterization, and vibrant settings of Alka Joshi’s debut novel, The Henna Artist!
The Henna Artist is a beautifully written, immersive story that will have you laughing one moment, and sitting on the edge of your seat the next. Whether you’re familiar with India’s history and culture or not, this read will fascinate you from beginning to end!
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, Joshi opens the door to a world that is both lush and fascinating, stark and cruel. Filled with exquisite prose, colourful descriptions, and complex characters, The Henna Artist is a work of historical fiction that you will not be able to put down.
The Henna Artist hits shelves tomorrow, March 3rd – and it might even be on shelves early! – so don’t wait to pick up your copy! Start your week off right by grabbing a copy and adding it to your My Book Pledge TBRs ASAP!