Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

By: Katherine Boo. 2012

This Pulitzer Prize author takes us on an incredible journey into the underbelly of society, in this case going into the lives of people living in the Annawadi Slum near the airport in Mumbai, India. She has deservedly won the “MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant “ for extraordinary reporting of the poor, both in the United States and in India. Boo, married to an Indian man and using translators, spent 3 years exploring how extreme poverty affects all age groups, and how desperate situations have unbelievable consequences. You meet real-life people, from a Hindu mom, gutsy, crazy One-Leg Fatima, to Abdul, a hard-working Muslim boy scavenging for garbage, to Asha, a cunning mother, who’ll do about anything to get ahead. Fast-paced and an eye-opener, you appreciate what you have and want to help!

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