New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi will join us for a virtual event to celebrate The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, her sequel to The Henna Artist. Joshi's new novel once again showcases her rich storytelling and talent for transporting readers to a different cultural place and time with themes that are universal. Here the year is 1969 and Malik, Lakshmi's young helper from the first novel, is now an educated young man apprenticed at the Jaipur Palace and working on building the state-of-the-art public movie house when he becomes ensnared in a smuggling scheme that threatens all he aspires to, including the woman he loves.
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"The Henna Artist saga continues with Lakshmi's new life in the Himalyan mountains with Dr. Kumar and the Shimla community clinic. With new characters to know and love, dilemmas to consider, adventures to be had, readers will embrace Lakshmi’s wisdom, courage, and love as she navigates the role of mature Aunty to now grown Malik. The scents, flavors, and richness of India’s 1969 post colonial culture permeate every page and I loved it all." —Jenny, Bookshop staff
Alka Joshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Henna Artist, is a graduate of Stanford University and received her M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts. She has worked as an advertising copywriter, a marketing consultant, and an illustrator. Alka was born in India, in the state of Rajasthan. Her family came to the United States when she was nine, and she now lives on California’s Monterey Peninsula with her husband and two misbehaving pups. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is her second novel. Visit her website and blog at thehennaartist.com