The Henna Artist

Written by:
Alka Joshi
Narrated by:
Sneha Mathan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2020
10 hours 57 minutes


"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.

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

Look for The Secret Keeper of Jaipur and The Perfumist of Paris from New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi!
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Keith K.

Very interesting book, a thoroughly good listen. The narrator is excellent!

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Katherine S.

Great book! The narrator is a perfect fit. The plot is very captivating... and the authors ability to describe the characters and settings in a way that allows the reader to visualize, regardless of geographical and cultural knowledge, is incredibly well done!

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Julie S.

This book kept me interested from cover to cover.

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excellent production. I loved the story too although found it a little predictable at times.

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Elina S.

Great book , well written story .

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Judy P.

Such a wonderful book!! There was never a dull moment in it!! I loved every line of this book and can’t wait to read the second book in this series!!

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Robin O.

I love the independence and ambition of the main character. She truly explores her flaws and tries to grow. It was a great exploration of family dynamics and hard decisions.

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Claire M.

Enjoyed this read and being drawn into the colorful world of 1950s Jaipur. Excellent narration and the story’s characters made for compelling page turner. I look forward to reading the series

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Karen W.

loved it. will read again

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Misty E.

loved this book and loved the narrator!

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A well narrated book. The story was captivating, I could visualize the beautiful henna designs and gear into the personalities of the characters. I would like to “read”as a spoken book the other book in this series.

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Ivie A.

Very interesting after I got into the book.

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Dale J.

Narrator is fantastic. Story moves along nicely. Love the way the characters self reflect and grow.

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Mary G.

Loved this book. Can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy.

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Jennifer A.

Loved everything about this story. Narrator was awesome.

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Hameedah K.

I really enjoyed this title and the narrator brought it to life! What a story. Hope the The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is as good or better.

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Marguerite V.

enjoyed this book very much.

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I loved this book! The characters, the plot, and the culture were captivating. I didn’t want it to end !

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Elvira Eloise

I enjoyed the book from the very beginning.

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Debra B.

Great audio book for commuting.

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Rhonda Walker

Great story with amazing narration.

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Crista N.

A very good book.

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It was good…

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A well-written, interesting book. I learned new things about Indian culture and society. The narration was excellent.

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Marsha L.

I loved the book.

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A lovely story and read beautifully. I enjoyed it so much!

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Cloudia C.

Beautifully written, so evocative of the country and filled with wonderful details

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Lynn F.

Excellent book, loved it!

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I loved this book...kept my attention the whole time. The narrator was wonderful, such a soothing great story teller!

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Lara Y.

great book!!!!!!

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Virginia F.

Loved this book.

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Nice story, superb narration. I enjoyed this listen very much!

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I loved this story. The narrator was fantastic. This would make a great movie!

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Debra K.

Loved the story. Narrator was excellent.

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Stephanie B.

awesome book you will enjoy every minute!

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