The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi transports us back to 1955 India, following a talented henna artist as her life changes forever with the arrival of a previously unknown sister.
This novel offers a breathtaking view of a time and place I’ve never studied extensively. The setting is intricately described in a way that makes you feel as though you are there.
The characters are flawed and unique; each one is incredibly well developed. From characters we see only for a moment to the main characters, they are all intricately developed.
While there were aspects of this story I struggled with, from uncharacteristic behavior to major plot points, it’s overall an enjoyable read that really transports the reader. The descriptions are intricate without being overbearing, and the story is poignant and thought provoking. The stakes are high, and each conversation and interaction carries the weight of unraveling entire lives. It’s an engrossing read.