Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

By | October 14, 2017
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Author Katherine Boo
ISBN-10 081297932X
ISBN-13 9780812979329
Year 2014-04-08
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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In this brilliant breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport As India starts to prosper the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope Abdul an enterprising teenager sees a fortune beyond counting in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away Meanwhile Asha a woman of formidable ambition has identified a shadier route to the middle class With a little luck her beautiful daughter Annawadis most everything girl might become its first female college graduate And even the poorest children like the young thief Kalu feel themselves inching closer to their dreams But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy terror and global recession rock the city and suppressed tensions over religion caste sex power and economic envy turn brutal With intelligence humor and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change Behind the Beautiful Forevers based on years of uncompromising reporting carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty first centurys hidden worldsand into the hearts of families impossible to forget Winner of the National Book Award The PEN John Kenneth Galbraith Award The Los Angeles Times Book Prize The American Academy of Arts and Letters Award The New York Public Librarys Helen Bernstein Book Award NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times The Washington Post O The Oprah Magazine USA Today New York The Miami Herald San Francisco Chronicle Newsday NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker People Entertainment Weekly The Wall Street Journal The Boston Globe The Economist Financial Times Newsweek The Daily Beast Foreign Policy The Seattle Times The Nation St Louis Post Dispatch The Denver Post Minneapolis Star Tribune Salon The Plain Dealer The Week Kansas City Star SlateTime Out New York Publishers Weekly NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A book of extraordinary intelligence and humanity beyond groundbreaking Junot Daz The New York Times Book Review Reported like Watergate written like Great Expectations and handily the best international nonfiction in years New YorkThis book is both a tour de force of social justice reportage and a literary masterpiece Judges Citation for the PEN John Kenneth Galbraith Award A landmark book The Wall Street Journal A triumph of a book Amartya Sen There are books that change the way you feel and see this is one of them Adrian Nicole LeBlanc A stunning piece of narrative nonfiction Katherine Boos prose is electric O The Oprah Magazine Inspiring and irresistible Boos extraordinary achievement is twofold She shows us how people in the most desperate circumstances can find the resilience to hang on to their humanity Just as important she makes us care People

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