abused women, artists, Henna (Dye)|, India history 1947-, Jaipur (India)|, Mehndi (Body painting)|, Secrecy, sisters, upper class, young women
Lakshmi at 17 years old, escapes an arranged, abusive marriage leaving her village to arrive in the pink city of Jaipur where she cultivates her original artistic designs of henna as she cultivates her upper class clientele. She can never reveal her past but one day her husband finds her with a high-spirited 13 year old sister in tow that she never knew she had and all begins to unravel…..
“Rich in detail and bright with tastes and textures, The Henna Artist is a fabulous glimpse into Indian culture of the 1950s.”—Bookpage, Starred Review
“Vibrant characters, evocative imagery, and sumptuous prose create a satisfying, unforgettable tale.”—Christian Science Monitor
“Joshi has constructed a bewitching glimpse into the past with a tough heroine well worth cheering on.”—Booklist