Meet the New York Times bestselling Alka Joshi!
At age 62, Alka Joshi published her debut novel, The Henna Artist, which immediately became a New York Times bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, was Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and is being developed into an episodic series by Miramax TV. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur was released in June 2021 and the final book in the trilogy is expected in 2023. Alka Joshi was born in India and lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford and an MFA from California College of Arts.
Transporting readers back to 1950s India, eight years after its independence from the British Raj, The Henna Artist follows Lakshmi Shastri, a skilled 30-year-old henna artist and herbalist. Lakshmi works for Jaipur’s elite while hiding the marriage and abusive husband she deserted in a small village 13 years ago. When her husband appears with a formerly-unknown sister, her carefully laid plans are put to the test. In The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, corruption and black market dealings in 1969 India are revealed as Lakshmi sends her protégé Malik to intern at the Jaipur palace, taking his new love Nimmi under her wing. When the Royal Jewel Cinema in Jaipur collapses, fingers point at those Malik cares about and he sets out to uncover the truth.
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