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Author Boo, Katherine.
Title Behind the beautiful forevers / Katherine Boo.
Published New York : Random House, c2012.
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Edition 1st ed.
Description xxii, 256 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents Prologue: Between roses -- Undercitizens -- Annawadi -- Asha -- Sunil -- Manju -- The business of burning -- Ghost house -- A hole she called a window -- A come-apart -- The master -- Market city -- Marquee effect -- Parrots, caught and sold -- Proper sleep -- Up and out -- Nine nights of dance -- Something shining -- The trial -- Ice -- Black and white -- A school, a hospital, a cricket field.
Summary 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 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 fortune in the recyclable garbage of richer people. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a rural childhood, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to good times. But then, as the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed.--From publisher description.
Subject Urban poor -- India -- Mumbai.
Creative nonfiction.
Note Dust jacket title: Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
ISBN 1400067553 (hbk : alk. paper)
9781400067558 (hbk : alk. paper)
9780679645504 (ebook)
0679645500 (ebook)
OCLC number 693809650