Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Henna Artist” as Want to Read:
The Henna Artist
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Henna Artist

by
4.63  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Lakshmi Shastri has spent years carving out a life for herself as a henna artist after fleeing her abusive husband and backward rural village for the Rajasthan capital. Well-versed in apothecary and the miraculous properties of herbs, her services (the effects of which are far more than just aesthetic) are highly sought after by upper-caste women, and Lakshmi’s success bri ...more
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Mira
More Details... Edit Details

Win a Copy of This Book

  • The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
    The Henna Artist: A Novel
    by
    Release date: Mar 10, 2020
    Enter to win 1 of 50 Advanced Reader Copies of The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi!

    Escaping from an arranged and abusive marriage, seventeen-ye
    ...more

    Format: Print book

    Giveaway ends in: a

    Availability: 50 copies available, 1041 people requesting

    Giveaway dates: Nov 01 - Nov 30, 2019

    Countries available: U.S.

  • Friend Reviews

    To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

    Reader Q&A

    To ask other readers questions about The Henna Artist, please sign up.

    Be the first to ask a question about The Henna Artist

    Community Reviews

    Showing 1-46
    Average rating 4.63  · 
    Rating details
     ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews


    More filters
     | 
    Sort order
    Start your review of The Henna Artist
    Laura McNeal
    Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I confess that I know the author, and that I wholeheartedly love books set in the subcontinent, especially books set in the past (1955-1956, in this case) and that if it’s a book set in India in 1955 and the narrator spends her days drawing with a henna reed and grinding cardamom seeds and rose petals I am half-seduced already, but all of these things could make me hard to please, too, and I found this book delicious. There is something elemental and mythic about Lakshmi and her knowledge of spi ...more
    Ellen
    Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I loved the story of Lakshmi, an Indian woman in 1950’s India, trying o make her way independently. After causing shame to her parents by leaving her abusive husband, after being married at 15, Lakshmi makes her way o Jaipur and becomes a healer as well as a henna artist. Radha finds out she has a sister, since she was born after Lakshmi fled, and comes to find her after their parents die. Radha’s naïveté leads to some challenges. Highly recommend this book. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.
    Rebekah
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I CAN’T TELL YOU THE LAST TIME I FINISHED A BOOK IN TWO DAYS!!! And it felt brilliant. It’s been such a long time since I’ve been so engrossed in a novel, not just because of the plot and emotional pull for the characters, but learning about a different culture—during a time that wasn’t that long ago—made this a simply beautiful novel.

    For a debut novel, the author does an excellent job convincing you otherwise. There are a few “saw that coming” moments as you read, but that’s expected for any a
    ...more
    M
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent story!
    Beautiful prose!
    Eager for next book.
    Lynn
    Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    I found this DEBUT in-depth look at India after partition to be fascinating: the customs, the food, the opportunities, or lack thereof, for women.

    I read this EARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Harper Collins, pub date 03/10/2020
    Bradley Owens
    Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Henna Artist is a beautifully realized and evocative novel set in mid-century India after independence.

    The heroine, Lakshmi, flees her small village, and an abusive marriage to create a new life for herself in the larger city of Jaipur. A henna artist, healer, and cunning businesswoman, she finds her first clients among Jaipur's prostitutes. Just as she begins to gain success and make her reputation in the houses of the wealthier, and more discerning, Jaipur women, her plans are inter
    ...more
    Hannelore Cheney
    Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you Harlequin Mira for the eARC.
    Lakshmi fled her abusive husband and her village for Jaipur, the Pink City, where she carves out a living by painting henna on the bodies of rich women. She's saving for her own house and is on her way to succeeding when a sister she didn't know she had ends up on her doorstep. The 13-year old changes Lakshmi's life; she now has to look after someone other than herself and it's a struggle. Her sister had a mind of her own and ends up in trouble. Palahn
    ...more
    VL
    rated it it was amazing
    Sep 16, 2019
    Mariya T
    rated it it was amazing
    Sep 29, 2019
    Audrey
    rated it it was amazing
    Sep 12, 2019
    Alka Sharma
    rated it it was amazing
    Feb 19, 2019
    Alka Joshi
    Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    Hannelore Cheney
    rated it really liked it
    Nov 17, 2019
    Christine Ricci
    rated it really liked it
    Aug 08, 2019
    Karena
    rated it really liked it
    Aug 14, 2019
    Mary
    rated it it was amazing
    Sep 20, 2019
    Mohamed
    marked it as to-read
    Oct 11, 2018
    Jennifer
    marked it as to-read
    Nov 23, 2018
    Read In Colour
    marked it as to-read
    Jun 27, 2019
    K.
    marked it as to-read
    Jun 27, 2019
    Sophie
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 08, 2019
    Katie
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 09, 2019
    Kathy Plue
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 17, 2019
    Ana
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 19, 2019
    Jennifer
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 22, 2019
    Melinda
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 23, 2019
    Leisel
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 23, 2019
    Samantha
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 23, 2019
    Emily
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 24, 2019
    T Romanov
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 25, 2019
    Erin Heath
    marked it as to-read
    Jul 30, 2019
    Guncha
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 09, 2019
    Juniper Nichols
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 14, 2019
    Brie
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 16, 2019
    Mikaela (Booklover1974)
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 18, 2019
    Kate Valente
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 20, 2019
    Bessie Sanchaz
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 20, 2019
    Katherine
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 21, 2019
    Ali
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 22, 2019
    Kara
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 22, 2019
    Heather
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 22, 2019
    Rhiannon Johnson
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 23, 2019
    Afiya Harley
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 25, 2019
    Ewa Kawałkowska
    marked it as to-read
    Aug 27, 2019
    There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

    Readers also enjoyed

    • Valentine: A Novel
    • Time After Time
    • The Dutch House
    • The Grace Kelly Dress
    • Small Days and Nights: A Novel
    • An Unorthodox Match
    • En dag ska jag lämna allt det här
    • The Oysterville Sewing Circle
    • Nothing to See Here
    • The Rumour
    • Mixed Doubles
    • The Authenticity Project
    • Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1)
    • Meg and Jo
    • Feels Like Falling
    • The Words I Never Wrote
    • Death in Focus (Elena Standish #1)
    • Pretty Guilty Women
    See similar books…
    31 followers
    There comes a point in every daughter's life when she begins seeing her mother as a person separate from her family, someone who has an identity outside of motherhood. That was the moment I began re-imagining my mother's life, and that re-imagining became THE HENNA ARTIST. I was born in Rajasthan, India, and moved with my family to the U.S. when I was nine. Even after graduating from Stanford Univ ...more