From the author of Reese's Book Club Pick The Henna Artist, the final chapter in Alka Joshi's New York Times bestselling Jaipur trilogy takes readers to 1970s Paris, where Radha's budding career as a perfumer must compete with the demands of her family and the secrets of her past.
Paris, 1974. Radha is now living in Paris with her husband, Pierre, and their two daughters. She still grieves for the baby boy she gave up years ago, when she was only a child herself, but she loves being a mother to her daughters, and she's finally found her passion — the treasure trove of scents.
She has an exciting and challenging position working for a master perfumer, helping to design completely new fragrances for clients and building her career one scent at a time. She only wishes Pierre could understand her need to work. She feels his frustration, but she can't give up this thing that drives her.
Tasked with her first major project, Radha travels to India, where she enlists the help of her sister, Lakshmi, and the courtesans of Agra — women who use the power of fragrance to seduce, tease and entice. She's on the cusp of a breakthrough when she finds out the son she never told her husband about is heading to Paris to find her — upending her carefully managed world and threatening to destroy a vulnerable marriage.
Born in India and raised in the U.S. since she was nine, Alka Joshi has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts. Joshi's debut novel, The Henna Artist, immediately became a NYT bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, was Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and is in development as a TV series.
Jasmin Darznik is the New York Times bestselling author of three books, including the recent novel The Bohemians. She is a professor and chair of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
The first 20 attendees to pre-order a signed copy of Alka Joshi’s The Perfumist of Paris will receive a LilaNur Parfums Discovery Set with your copy of the book! LilaNur Parfums is a luxury fragrance house which combines the best of Indian and French perfumery traditions, pairing exquisite Indian ingredients with French master perfumery.
Alka Joshi photo courtesy of Garry Bailey. Jasmin Darznik photo courtesy of the author.