Behind the Beautiful Forevers

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Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

by Katherine Boo

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.

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In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget.

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Book Condition

Used – Okay




256 pages, 130x200x21mm


2014 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published April 8th 2012)


Nonfiction, History, Travel


Pulitzer Prize Nominee for General Nonfiction (2013),
National Book Award for Nonfiction (2012),
Guardian First Book Award Nominee (2012),
PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction (2013),
Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism (2013),
Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest (2012),
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for Nonfiction (2013),
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for General Nonfiction (2012),
Ryszard Kapuściński Prize Nominee (2013),
NAIBA Book of the Year for Nonfiction (2012),
Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Nominee (2012),
Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (2013),
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Nonfiction (2012)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Original price was: 8,00 €.Current price is: 6,40 €.

1 in stock