Sunday, March 16, 2014

April 2014: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Hi everyone!
Due to Easter holidays, our next book club discussion will be Sunday April 13, and we'll be sharing perspectives on "Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity" by Katherine Boo

Here's a Book Summary:

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.

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 “a 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’s “most-everything girl“—will soon become its first female college graduate. 

Please join us on Sunday April 13 at 2pm, in the Financial District of San Francisco at the Station SF coffee shop.

Next Books to Read:
May: The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
June: Mayada, Daughter of Iraq by Jean Sasson

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