Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “The Henna Artist” by Alka Joshi, MIRA, March 3, 2020
Alka Joshi, Author of “The Henna Artist” writes a poignant, emotional, and riveting novel. The Genres of the Novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction. The story takes place in India in the 1950s. The author describes the characters as complex and complicated. There is evidence of the division of classes, and the difference between the poor and rich. There also is the conflict of tradition vs. modern thinking.
Lakshmi is known for her exquisite henna designs and makes her living by being a henna artist to the women in the village. She also is familiar with certain herbal remedies. Lakshmi left an abusive husband and is struggling to survive by her talents. Lakshmi’s clients are wealthy and she has to be very careful to prevent any gossip. Lakshmi has dreams and goals of being independent and is building a house.
An unexpected and unwanted visitor introduces Lakshmi to a 13-year-old sister that she wasn’t aware she had. Now she has the responsibility of an unpredictable and unknown sister. Little does she realize the problems that will occur.
I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, holding strong to your convictions and hope. I would recommend this thought-provoking novel for readers who enjoy Historical Fiction.