May 20, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction
In this brilliantly written, 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 “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, 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 the good lives and 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.
With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget." - from http://www.behindthebeautifulforevers.com/about/
Jennifer Nelson will be hosting this event, and here is what she has to say about this event:
I'm about halfway through already (it was suggested at the last book club meetup) and I absolutely love it. Life in a Mumbai slum is so different from anything I can even imagine that I soak up every word and try to imagine these people's lives. Also, this book won a Pulitzer Prize.
The address will be sent out the night before the event. I live near I-25 and Evans.
Bring a drink (alcoholic or non) OR a snack to share.
Caution: I DO own dogs. They will not be home during our meeting, and I will vacuum the day of the meetup, but I wanted to warn anybody who is allergic to dogs.
Please do not post spoilers on this page, and please be sure to show up - a last-minute cancellation steals somebody else's opportunity to come.