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

Katherine Boo.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781400067558
Pages/Publication Date 259/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41439
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(Winner of the National Book Award, PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, Helen Bernstein Book Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and named one of the Ten Best Books of 2012 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, and San Francisco Chronicle) Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Katherine Boo gives us an unprecedented perspective on our bewildering age of chaotic global economies and inequities through the lives of families striving toward a better life in a makeshift slum along the road to Mumbai airport. Boo spent years among the residents of Annawadi, all hoping to build a better life—Abdul the garbage picker, his hardworking mother Zehrunisa, Asha the unofficial slumlord, and her daughter Manju, who dreams of going to college—until terror and global recession rock the city, and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and envy turn brutal. Fast-moving and utterly gripping, their stories read like fiction.

"An exquisitely accomplished first book. Novelists dream of defining characters this swiftly and beautifully, but Ms. Boo is not a novelist. She is one of those rare, deep-digging journalists who can make truth surpass fiction, a documentarian with a superb sense of human drama. She makes it very easy to forget that this book is the work of a reporter.... Comparison to Dickens is not unwarranted."—NYTimes

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