Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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In this brilliant, breathtakingly breathtaking book by the Pulitzer Prize Katherine Boo, an incredible age of global change and human inequality through the dramatic history of families striving to achieve a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift camp in the shadow of luxury hotels near Mumbai airport.As India begins to prosper, the people of Annawadi are electric with hope.Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in recyclable garbage than wealthier people throw it away.Meanwhile Asha, a formidable woman’s ambition, has identified a more shady road to middle classWith a bit of luck, her daughter-in-law Annawadi “plus tout jeune fille”could become the first woman to graduate from higher education.And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalou, feel themselves getting closer to their dreams.But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; the city’s terror and global rock recession, and has removed the tensions around religion, caste, sex, power, economics and the urge to shoot brutal.With intelligence, humor and insight into what connects people to each other in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of compromise relationships, transports the reader to the lost body into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds–and into the hearts of families impossible to forgetWinner of the National Book Award – The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith The Los Angeles Times Book Prize – The American Academy of Arts and Letters – The New York Public Library Award Helen Bernstein Book Prize NOMINATED ONE OF THE TEN Books OF THE YEARS BY The New York Times and The Washington Post – O: Oprah Magazine – les etats-
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