Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity is a moving modern take on two age-old issues: poverty and starvation. As you read, you will follow the triumphs and failures of a few of the residents of Annawadi, one of India's worst slums.
This book's unique set of complex and interesting characters will leave you wanting more. Abdul, a young trash picker and the sole bread-winner for his family, is wrongly accused of a horrid crime and forced to flee his home. Asha, a strong and wise mother of three, rises up to the status of slumlord with nothing but political corruption. Sunil, a bright and curious young boy, is the lone provider for his little sister and himself. And Manju, Asha's beautiful and smart daughter, is Annawadi's only college graduate.
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