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The Resource Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity, Katherine Boo

Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity, Katherine Boo

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Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Title
Behind the beautiful forevers
Title remainder
life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
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Katherine Boo
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Language
eng
Summary
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 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 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. 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
Summary
Profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2013
  • Library Journal Best Books 2012
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, 2012.
  • National Book Award for Nonfiction, 2012.
  • New York Times Notable Book 2012
  • School Library Journal Best Books: Best Adult Books 4 Teens, 2012.
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10035193
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VALP
Dewey number
362.5
Index
no index present
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1030
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Target audience
adult
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life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Label
Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity, Katherine Boo
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Publication
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
419 p. (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781594136184
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594136184
  • (OCoLC)824567732
Label
Behind the beautiful forevers : life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity, Katherine Boo
Publication
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
Large print ed.
Extent
419 p. (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781594136184
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594136184
  • (OCoLC)824567732

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