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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
In Behind the Beautiful Forevers, journalist Katherine Boo tells the story of one slum in Mumbai, India. Annawadi has 3,000 people living in 335 huts crammed into one-half acre next to a lake of sewage, and it has concrete wall to block the view of the slum for travelers to and from the airport. In a newly prosperous India, Annawadi's inhabitants have their own small dreams of a better life. These dreams, however, run into roadblocks that keep them impoverished: corruption, both political and personal, cruelty, tragedy, and a worldwide recession that affects the poor first. Katherine Boo's book has received positive reviews with Entertainment Weekly saying, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a riveting, fearlessly reported portrait of a poverty so obliterating that it amounts to a slow-motion genocide. Right now the book is sitting on my shelf making all the other books feel stupid."