Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, 2012
Reviewed by TFI Program Officer Sarah Edwards
Behind the Beautiful Forevers takes place in the Annawadi settlement near the Mumbai airport. The book beautifully stiches together the stories of the different inhabitants, the struggles they face specifically due to the nature of their livelihoods, the natural challenges of family, love, and life, and the corruption and lies of the local government systems.
Winner of the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction, the novel reads almost as a fiction, with intimate dialogues, neighborhood gossip, and rapid-heartbeat tales from scrapes with police by the young boys. Read more »