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The Henna Artist: A Novel

The Henna Artist: A Novel

Escrito por Alka Joshi

Narrado por Sneha Mathan


The Henna Artist: A Novel

Escrito por Alka Joshi

Narrado por Sneha Mathan

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (620 valoraciones)
Longitud:
10 horas
Editorial:
Publicado:
Mar 3, 2020
ISBN:
9781488208096
Formato:
Audiolibro

Nota del editor

Reese’s book club…

Alka Joshi’s novel is the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine book club pick for May 2020. “This vivid story is so rich and complex… reading about Lakshmi’s journey from escaping an abusive marriage to becoming one of the most sought-after henna artists in Jaipur captivated me from the first chapter to the final page,” Witherspoon wrote on the club’s website.

Descripción

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.

Editorial:
Publicado:
Mar 3, 2020
ISBN:
9781488208096
Formato:
Audiolibro

Sobre el autor

Alka Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts and runs an advertising and marketing agency. She has lived in France and Italy and currently lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband. The Henna Artist is her first novel.


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  • (4/5)
    Well written, good pace, excellent character development. I enjoyed it.
  • (5/5)
    A great and easy book to listen to. Really enjoyed it
  • (4/5)
    Interesting premise, but with an expected ending. I felt that it was too beautifully (and unrealistically) wrapped. My favorite part would be learning about the herbs and its healing properties! Wow!
  • (5/5)
    One of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Really looking forward to the second!
  • (5/5)
    Captivating, colorful story that I didn’t want to end. Fascinating read on so many levels!!!
  • (5/5)
    Just absolutely marvelous. Love the narrators voice and the story gives so much information about the class issues .
  • (5/5)
    Easy read. Story took you right in and kept you
  • (5/5)
    Smart, interesting and adventurous!
    I was hooked from the very beginning.
  • (3/5)
    The book was just okay. A lot of filler chapters that didn’t really need to be in the book
  • (5/5)
    This book was beautifully written. What a wonderful and vibrant story!
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful story! Beautiful writing and reading. Loved the characters. Story was fantastic and fascinating.
  • (5/5)
    My heart is so warm and peaceful after listening to this epic book.
  • (5/5)
    This book was a beautiful read, and great audio book
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed it from beginning to the end. I was scared that it might have ended on a sad note but it didn't. Truly beautiful. Beautiful writing, beautiful story. Family comes in different forms and are sometimes better than our own biological family.
  • (5/5)
    What a good book! And amazing narration! Kept me listening my entire 11hr drive to NY.
  • (5/5)
    Well written, fascinating portrayal of values, life. Beautifully read.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing story about ambition, family and choices in life. The performance of the narrator added to the authenticity of the story. Highly recommend.
  • (5/5)
    Beautiful story about finding home, being brave & the healing power of herbs.
  • (5/5)
    An exquisite story, written with care and attention, about finding what really matters . Lovely ending. The narrator is excellent.
  • (5/5)
    Great listen! You can feel like you are in India!
  • (5/5)
    Just wow! I could feel I was in the streets of Jaipur, I could smell the silky paste of henna and I could hear Radha’s and Lakshmi’s heartbreaking cries. Loved it!
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written and intoxicating to the senses. I look forward to your next book.
  • (5/5)
    Author leaves blazing images of middle eastern culture and captivated interest from the very start- with piercing blue eyes.
  • (5/5)
    Fabulous book. Great narrator . Highly recommend . I loved it
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book! I loved the plot, character development, complexities of the sister relationship and especially the cultural and historical context! I also loved learning about henna and herbal remedies.
  • (5/5)
    This narrator was excellent. I learned a lot of Indian culture and behaviors from this book. It look me a bit to reconcile the characters action with my view of the world. Thankfully the book is long enough that after a while their actions started to make sense to me within the parameters of what the book described.
  • (5/5)
    Great story and characters. I was hooked from the start!
  • (5/5)
    The narrator was easy to understand, spoke at a great pace and had an endearing affection to the prose of the book. The story was touching, sad at times but hopeful. It’s proof that we all have to grow through trial and error, regardless of time, place, race, sex.
  • (5/5)
    The immersion in culture and relatable coming of age story for women was a joy to listen to and get lost in. ???
  • (5/5)
    Definitely a binge read! Was a page turner a story about women’s struggles to find herself, forgive herself, while maintaining a business.