The Secret Keeper of Jaipur (Original)
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About the Author
Alka Joshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Henna Artist. Born in India and raised in the United States since the age of nine, she has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband. This is her second novel.
"Verdict: With lush details, a return to favorite characters, and emotional complexity, this story satisfies on every level."-- Library Journal, Starred Review "In this timeless tale of loyalty, ambition, and love, Joshi explores what it means to create and build--from architectural marvels to chosen families--in a way that not only endures but inspires."-- Nancy Jooyoun Kim, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Story of Mina Lee "Joshi excels at creating strong characters, the addition of Nimmi being no exception. As Lakshmi and Malik uncover the cause of the disaster, their loyalties are put to the test in this applause-worthy encore."--Booklist "Joshi's sensuous descriptions of food, local color, and Lakshmi's art make this gorgeous sequel to The Henna Artist worth savoring.--Publishers Weekly "Alka Joshi is a master story-teller. I was completely mesmerized by The Secret Keeper of Jaipur and could not put it down! It is a story of love, family, money and power, told with such poise, beauty and page-turning suspense... It touched my heart and it will stay with me for a long time."
--Christy Lefteri, award-winning author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo. "With its beautifully complex cast of characters, THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR plunges readers back into the sumptuous world of THE HENNA ARTIST, where power, money, and secrets abound -- and where carefully cultivated reputations balance on the knife edge of influence."--Bryn Turnbull, bestselling author of The Woman Before Wallis PRAISE FOR ALKA JOSHI'S THE HENNA ARTIST A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK New York Times Bestseller * Los Angeles Times Bestseller * USA Today Bestseller * Toronto Star Bestseller * Globe & Mail Bestseller * Indie Bookstores Bestseller *Longlisted: First Novel, Center for Fiction * Amazon Summer 2020 Readers Pick * Goodreads Finalist Choice Awards 2020: Best Debut Novel & Best Historical Fiction * Indigo 10 Best Books of 2020 * Cosmopolitan Best Audiobooks of 2020 * BookRiot Best Books of 2020 "Captivated me from the first chapter to the last page."
--Reese Witherspoon "Rich in detail and bright with tastes and textures, . ..a fabulous glimpse into Indian culture of the 1950s."--Bookpage, Starred Review
"Romantic, old-time Rajasthan leaps to life... I can hardly wait for Alka Joshi's next masterpiece." --Sujata Massey, internationally bestselling author of The Widows of Malabar Hill "Eloquent debut...moving... Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love." -Publishers Weekly
"Joshi has constructed a bewitching glimpse into the past with a tough heroine well worth cheering on."--Booklist "Vibrant characters, evocative imagery, and sumptuous prose create an unforgetable tale."--Christian Science Monitor "A bold, ambitious, beautifully written novel about India in the decade after independence, and about class, identity, love and deceit. The broad cast of characters will etch themselves into your psyche." --Tom Barbash, author of Stay Up With Me "Fantastic, so evocative and beautiful and full of life and light.... and deeply satisfying in its storytelling."--Leah Franqui, author of America for Beginners "Unforgettable.... Read this book slowly and savor it: Every page is rich with intricate pleasures for both the mind and the heart."--Anita Amirrezvani, author of The Blood of Flowers "Like a brilliant, magical kaleidoscope, bursting with color, The Henna Artist kept me riveted from start to finish."--Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling author of After the Fire and City of Light "Like a brilliant, magical kaleidoscope, bursting with color, The Henna Artist kept me riveted from start to finish."--Lauren Belfer, New York Times bestselling author of City of Light "Everything a great novel needs is here: The protagonist balancing impossible burdens with her bountiful talents; the many other characters, each so colorful and complex, each necessary to the intricate and delicate plot, Such a satisfying novel!"--Sandra Scofield, author of The Last Draft "A richly drawn design of love and the many hungers that drive human beings...a lush, gorgeous journey that any reader will be sorry to see end."--Erin McGraw, author of The Good Life and The Seamstress of Hollywood