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Behind the beautiful forevers

Author: Katherine Boo
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Boo
ISBN: 9781400067558 1400067553 9780812994186 0812994183
OCLC Number: 693809650
Awards: National Book Award. Finalist
Description: xxii, 256 pages ; 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.
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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.

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