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The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

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The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

In New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi’s intriguing new novel, henna artist Lakshmi arranges for her protégé, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace in this tale rich in character, atmosphere, and lavish storytelling.


It’s the spring of 1969, and Lakshmi, now married to Dr. Jay Kumar, directs the Healing Garden in Shimla. Malik has finished his private school education. At twenty, he has just met a young woman named Nimmi when he leaves to apprentice at the Facilities Office of the Jaipur Royal Palace. Their latest project: a state-of-the-art cinema.

Malik soon finds that not much has changed as he navigates the Pink City of his childhood. Power and money still move seamlessly among the wealthy class, and favors flow from Jaipur’s Royal Palace, but only if certain secrets remain buried. When the cinema’s balcony tragically collapses on opening night, blame is placed where it is convenient. But Malik suspects something far darker and sets out to uncover the truth. As a former street child, he always knew to keep his own counsel; it’s a lesson that will serve him as he untangles a web of lies.

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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.


“In The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, Alka Joshi returns with a triumphant follow-up to her NYT Bestselling debut. Former street child Malik is now apprenticed to the palace where secrets and intrigue abound. But when the balcony of the newly constructed palace cinema collapses, Malik must race to search for answers, finding dark truths about the past that could cost him everything. Joshi’s magnificent writing gives voice to the too-often silenced while telling an engaging and powerful story.”

Pam Jenoff, bestselling author of The Woman with the Blue Star

“With its beautifully complex cast of characters, 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

“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

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