September 20, 2023
VIRTUAL: Ashland Adult Book Club: Read "The Henna Artist"
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Please join us over Zoom for a discussion of "The Henna Artist" by Alka Joshi.
This is a VIRTUAL event - you must register to receive the Zoom link to attend. Once you register you will receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails - make sure to check your spam folder for them, they will be coming from firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We'll have some copies of the book at the library or you can order it from our online catalog.
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