Behind the Beautiful Forevers

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal ...

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

This enhanced eBook features exclusive video footage shot over the course of three years by the author and several children of the Annawadi slum. From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities. In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.” But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Katherine Boo
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-02-07 - Publisher: Random House Group

This enhanced eBook features exclusive video footage shot over the course of three years by the author and several children of the Annawadi slum. From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Katherine Boo
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-08 - Publisher:

A first book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother of a prospective female college student and a young scrap metal thief, in an account t
Behind the Beautiful Forever
Language: en
Pages: 254
Authors: Katherine Boo
Categories: Creative nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013 - Publisher: Penguin UK

"The dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities. In this fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Language: en
Pages: 128
Authors: David Hare
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-10-06 - Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A stage adaptation of Katherine Boo's National Book Award-winning study of life in a Mumbai slum India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, Annawadi, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: David Hare
Categories: Creative nonfiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher:

The dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century's great, unequal cities. In this fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in