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The Henna Artist

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Alka Joshi

Narrated By: Sneha Mathan

Date: March 2020

Duration: 10 hours 57 minutes


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

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.


  • Julie S.

    This book kept me interested from cover to cover.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • DAWN R.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Elina S.

    Great book , well written story .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • EP

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

  • 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!

  • Debra K.

    Loved the story. Narrator was excellent.

  • Stephanie B.

    awesome book you will enjoy every minute!

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