• SU Book Club - The Henna Artist

Join the SU Book Club as we read and discuss The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi.  The book will be divided into three sections so that the group can have a full, rich discussion as we make our way through the novel. 

For this meeting, prepare to discuss Parts Two and Three.

Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmimakes 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 that 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.


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