Get Your Free Audiobook

Listen with a free trial

1 credit a month to use on any title, yours to keep (you’ll use your first credit on this title).
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
Access to exclusive deals and discounts.
$16.45 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $31.78

Buy Now for $31.78

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions Of Use and Privacy Notice and authorise Audible to charge your designated credit card or another available credit card on file.

Publisher's Summary

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

"This vivid story is so rich and complex...reading about Lakshmi's journey from escaping an abusive marriage to becoming one of the most sought-after henna artists in Jaipur captivated me from the first chapter to the final page." (Reese Witherspoon)

Escaping from an abusive marriage, 17-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 who surround her as she does.

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Alka Joshi (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

What listeners say about The Henna Artist

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    127
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    123
  • 4 Stars
    20
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    108
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable historical fiction

Enjoyed this engrossing story of a woman in India striving for her personal independence as India adjust to Indepence from Britain. She also helps women with reproductive independence through her herbal medical expertise. Most enjoyable....superb narrator!!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

loved this

A beautifully narrated story of love , hope and sacrifice balances the jealousy and rivalry of the class system of India.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

BofB

What a wonderful story or is it a diary story? I did love the timeline as it conjured up more visible pictures of the era & attitude of ppl of that time. 🚐🪶

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The Henna Artist is totally addictive

Loved this immensely, finished in 2 days, couldn't stop listening til it was finished x

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A masterpiece

This is the best book I have listened to in 2021.
The story is compelling, has brilliant twists and turns & is full of rich culture.

Highly recommend this to everyone!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful Tale

An engaging tale of an independent woman who who uses her skills and wit to make the most of situations. I appreciated the depiction of her personal growth as her determination to succeed her life goals are refocused through her trials and tribulations. Delightful narration.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Independence, artistry survival and the bond between sisters.

The world of women in newly independent India in the 1950s ,told through the eyes of artistically talented Lakshmi , a Henna artist struggling for her own independence- financial and social, in the city of Jaipur whilst caring for her young naive sister newly arrived from the village.This is a warm delightful and insightful story beautifully narrated. The listener comes to care for the characters and it is one of those books that you feel sad to finish.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

just beautiful

such a wonderful story, beautifully written and beautifully read. it sits with the best books I have read, Wild Swans and A Suitable Boy. totally absorbing and sorry it ended so thank you.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Delightful insight into a fascinating culture and era

I found listening to The Henna Artist a delightful experience. A fascinating story, well developed characters, and an authentic heroine. The narrator was a joy to listen to.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Addictive and enriching

A beautiful story of sacrifice, love, passion and family. This audiobook was an addictive and colourful depiction of 1950s India. Highly recommend.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.