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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Katherine Boo

This riveting non-fiction book by a Pulitzer Prize winner tells the dramatic story of families in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, striving for a better life amidst global change and inequality. Through the eyes of Abdul, an enterprising teenager, Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, and Kalu, a young thief, readers witness the electric hope the residents of Annawadi feel as India begins to prosper. But false accusations, brutal tensions, and the onset of global recession threaten to derail these dreams. With humor and deep insight, Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a powerful reminder of the resilience and humanity of those living in the world's hidden corners. Winner of multiple awards and named one of the best books of the year by major publications, this book is a literary masterpiece that will change the way you see and feel.
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If you want to read an unvarnished, first-hand account of life in one of India’s slums you should pick up Behind the Beautiful Forevers.      source
Every year, I list each book I read and review my favourites for site members. Here are my Top 5.      source
@lmnopdx I loved that book so much!      source
Katherine Boo doesn’t write a ton, but she writes is extraordinary.      source
@michaeljswalker Recommend reading this. Completely agree, any reasonable person subject to veil of ignorance would choose China over India in a flash.      source