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Mother Land

Leah Franqui

Warwick’s presents
Leah Franqui
in conversation with Alka Joshi

Mother Land

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 6:00pm PDT

Mother Land
Mother Land

This is a free event on Facebook Live.

On Thursday, July 16th at 6:00pm Warwick's will host Leah Franqui as she discusses her new book, Mother Land, in conversation with Alka Joshi. Leah Franqui is a graduate of Yale University and received an MFA at NYU-Tisch. She is a playwright and the recipient of the 2013 Goldberg Playwriting Award and the Alfred Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Award. A Puerto Rican-Jewish Philadelphia native, Franqui lives with her Kolkata-born husband in Mumbai. America for Beginners was her first novel. Alka Joshi was born in India and raised in the U.S. since the age of nine. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts and runs an advertising and marketing agency. She has lived in France and Italy and currently lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband. The Henna Artist is her first novel. This a free virtual event on Facebook Live.

About Mother Land:

When Rachel Meyer, a thirtysomething foodie from New York, agrees to move to Mumbai with her Indian-born husband, Dhruv, she knows some culture shock is inevitable. Blessed with a curious mind and an independent spirit, Rachel is determined to learn her way around the hot, noisy, seemingly infinite metropolis she now calls home.

But the ex-pat American's sense of adventure is sorely tested when her mother-in-law, Swati, suddenly arrives from Kolkata - a thousand miles away - alone, with an even more shocking announcement: she's left her husband of more than forty years and moving in with them. Nothing the newlyweds say can budge the steadfast Swati, and as the days pass, it becomes clear she is here to stay - an uneasy situation that becomes more difficult when Dhruv is called away on business.

Suddenly these two strong-willed women from such very different backgrounds, who see life so differently, are alone together in a home that each is determined to run in her own way - a situation that ultimately brings into question the very things in their lives that had seemed perfect and permanent... with results neither of them expect.

Heartfelt, charming, deeply insightful and wise, Mother Land introduces us to two very different women from very different cultures... who maybe aren't so different after all.

About The Henna Artist:

Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist - and confidante - to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own...

Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow - a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.

Mother Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062938848
Availability: Usually Ships From Store in 3-5 Business Days
Published: William Morrow - July 14th, 2020

The Henna Artist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778309451
Availability: Usually Ships From Store in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Mira Books - March 3rd, 2020