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March (2nd date)- World Book #15- Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

In our last stop on our trip around the world, we are going to end in India, with this National Book Award winning expose by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo.

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” 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. And 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 into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget.

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  • Andrea

    Hey everyone! I found an article on Asha and some others mentioned in the book --

    1 · March 13, 2014

  • Deepa

    Another fun and active discussion! Thanks to all who came!

    2 · March 12, 2014

  • Alicia T.

    I plan on being there.

    March 11, 2014

  • Prem

    Hey there folks! If I do make it to tomorrow's meetup, this would be my first with this group and first with a book club of any kind. Here is the wrinkle - I'm on the waiting list. When would I know if I made it in or not? Do I count myself out if the numbers remain as is?
    By the way, loved, loved the book! Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    March 11, 2014

    • Deepa

      Hi Prem - welcome to the group! Here is my thought: I am very hopeful that the people who are RSVPed Yes all intend to come, but we often have a lot of no-shows in the Yes category, who take space from waitlisters. This book has drawn a crowd bigger than almost any I've seen in the past. With a group this large, I'd worry about space concerns in the restaurant if everyone decided to show. However, since we were the only people in the place on Monday, and since both myself, and Michelle (the co-organizer) will be present, I think you should plan to come anyway, and we'll figure it out. If we have to, we can try to break into two smaller, more manageable groups. Thanks!

      March 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Deepa, This meetup sounds fun and since I love reading would like to meet like minded friends. This 12th I am not free, but in future will like to attend .

    March 11, 2014

  • Deepa

    For those attending the meetup, I forgot to mention, this restaurant is BYOB! I will bring a couple of bottles of club-sponsored wine to share from the last meetup, but if anyone wants a specific beverage of any sort, Joe Canal's is just across the parking lot, and sells Indian beer. See everyone on Wednesday!

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Deepa

    Hi everyone - we have updated the location of this meetup. We will be meeting at Harini Indian Cuisine, in the Mercer Mall ShopRite complex on Route 1, near the Olive Garden/Bed Bath and Beyond. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    March 7, 2014

  • Joan Y.

    Check out this website for the book analysis:

    February 21, 2014

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