Sue’s May Recommendation

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers“This month, my book club will be discussing Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  life, death and hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. It is a work of non-fiction as Boo spent 3 years living in Mumbai, researching, interviewing and observing some of the 335 families who live in a tiny half-acre slum surrounded by luxury hotels at Mumbai’s international airport. It is a well-written, unsentimental and riveting account of some of their incredibly difficult lives that reads like a novel.  Yet Boo also provides a journalist’s thorough analysis of the economic, political and social structures that foster this abject poverty.  Its painful subject matter makes it an uncomfortable read, but the glimpses it provides into the resilience of the human spirit will make you will be glad that you did so.”

3 Similar Reads:
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
White Teeth by Zadie Smith

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