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Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Wednesday • June 14 • 6pm


In the shadow of Mumbai’s sparkling new airport and luxury hotels sits Annawadi—a squalid and overcrowd migrant settlement on top of tons of garbage next to a vast pool of sewage. As India starts to prosper, the residents are electric with hope.

Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees a fortune 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. 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 from her years among the slum’s residents, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo creates an intimate and unforgettable portrait of India’s urban poor during era of tumultuous change in this National Book Award-winning debut.