MAY's BOOK CLUB

Ladies, this is the BOOK annoucement for May and May's book club! We will be reading: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

Please joins us in discussion on May 27, 2014. This book came out in paperback at the beginning of April and is available: http://www.amazon.ca/Behind-Beautiful-Forevers-Mumbai-Undercity/dp/1594136181

Here is a synopsis of the book: 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.

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  • Angela

    Sorry I couldn't attend. Hope everyone had a good time.

    May 28

  • Amie

    As always it was a great meeting and great discussion. Hmm... I did wake up though, wanting to read about pink carnations and Assassin Nuns....I wonder why that is? ;-)

    1 · May 28

    • Wendy

      And I had disturbing nightmares about an evil pig farmer with an indeterminate accent and H.H. Holmes!

      1 · May 28

    • Amie

      How could I have forgotten the pig farmer!?! :O

      May 28

  • Brenda

    Sorry I can not make, waiting for Air Canada to deliver a lost bag. Been waiting all day and it has not arrived yet is the reason I have to cancel, sorry for the late response. I loved the book and would have enjoyed the discussion. Have fun and I will see you next time. Best Regards

    May 27

  • Melissa K.

    Sorry for the late drop out! I read the book and was ready to go but something came up :( Better luck next month!

    May 26

  • Amy W

    Hi Ladies! I wasn't able to read the book this month :( so I'm going to forfeit my spot to someone else. Too bad, since it sounds like a great read and I'm sure it would have made for great discussion! Have a great time and I hope to see everyone at next months book club! :)

    1 · May 26

  • Jacquie

    Hi Jen and everyone -- so sorry to be missing this meet-up as I read the book and wanted to see what everyone else thought -- especially since it was based on real life events!! When I see you all next month I will be officially part of the 'sandwich' generation, with late teen and adult kids AND a mother in law who is moving in this weekend -- all living at home with us. I am definitely going to need my books as escapism! Have a great month and meeting all -- see you at the author event in June.

    1 · May 23

  • silvia m.

    Dear girls
    I am reading the book. The synapsis is excellent but I am not be able to go to the meeting because I have to travel to Quebeq. I am very sorry.
    See you next month.

    May 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    how long is the waitlist for this group? should I get the book for this meetup or will it be best to wait for the next meetup?

    May 21

  • Marie

    I'm on the wait list. I'm picking the book up from the library Tuesday. I hope I get in and I hope I read the entire book before we meet. Been a while since I have been able to come out to a book club night. Hope to see you ladies.

    May 11

  • Cheryl N.

    OH I read this a few months back, great choice!

    2 · April 29

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