Our August Book of the Month has a female author, female protagonists and takes place largely in all-female settings. Many of the themes in The Henna Artist are universal to us
all: suffering, learning, family, love, belonging, even the tension between old and new traditions.
This is one discussion you won't want to miss! Author Alka Joshi, now 63, says: “It took me 10 years to really learn how to write The Henna Artist, how to layer it
with all of the complexities, and how to grow a character in order for the story to come alive and make it meaningful to so many people. Published in 2020, The Henna Artist is a New York Times bestseller and was selected by actress Reese Witherspoon’s Reese’s Book Club. It's also being made into a Netflix series with Indian actress Freida Pinto starring and as executive producer.
We know that women's solo safety in India is a concern for
many women travelling to India, so we've invited an expert to join us for our August book club from our JourneyWoman Women's Travel Advisory Council. Mariellen Ward lives in Rishikesh, India and runs the
award-winning travel site Breathedreamgo, inspired by her extensive travels in India and South Asia. She also offers women's tours to India through her company, India for
We hope to see you at our July book club meeting, next Wednesday, August 17, at 8.00 pm EST for a vibrant discussion on Jaipur, solo safety tips and
Your book club hosts,
Sally, Wendy and Carolyn