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Author Boo, Katherine.

Title Behind the beautiful forevers / Katherine Boo.

Imprint New York : Random House, c2012.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  305.5690954 B644b 2012    ---  Available
 FSCC Non-Fiction  305.569 B64417b 2012    ---  Available
 Parsons Non-Fiction  305.5 B724    ---  DUE 05-01-20
 PHS Non-Fiction  CB 305.5 Boo    ---  Available
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  305.569 Boo    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xxii, 256 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents Between roses -- Undercitizens. Annawadi ; Asha ; Sunil ; Manju. -- The Business of Burning. Ghost house ; A hole she called a window ; The come-apart -- The master. -- A Little Wildness. 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 This work of narrative nonfiction 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 it, based on three years of reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. The events recounted are real, as are all the names. 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. 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 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.
Study Program AR RL 7.8 14.0 PHS
Source NBK 10/12 PPL
Awards National Book Award, 2012.
Subject Urban poor -- India -- Mumbai.
Creative nonfiction.
Urban poor -- India -- Mumbai
Note Dust jacket title: Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
ISBN 9781400067558 (hbk : alk. paper)
1400067553 (hbk : alk. paper)
9780679645504 (ebook)
0679645500 (ebook)

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