Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

Children in Annawadi, the Mumbai slum that is the focus of Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers." 
 - (Katherine Boo)

Children in Annawadi, the Mumbai slum that is the focus of Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers."

(Katherine Boo)

Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

For our September Readers' Review: a work of narrative nonfiction that chronicles the riveting story of families striving toward a better life in modern Mumbai. Diane and her guests discuss “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

Journalist Katherine Boo spent years covering poverty in the U.S., work that earned her a Pulitzer Prize and a Macarthur “Genius” grant. But when The New Yorker reporter met her Indian husband in 2001, she wanted to better understand the persistent poverty in his country. Boo spent more than three years following several residents of a Mumbai slum: the Husains who made their living scavenging garbage; slum boss, Asha, and her daughter Manju; and Abdul Husain’s friend, Sunil. The result is a work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic story of families striving for a better life in one of the world’s most unequal cities. Diane and her guests discuss “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

Guests

Arvind Subramanian

senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics and Center for Global Development; author, "India's Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation" and "Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance."

Miranda Kennedy

journalist, covered conflicts and economic change across South Asia for NPR and APM's Marketplace; author, "Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India."

Judith Plotz

professor emeritus of English, George Washington University and editor, Penguin 2011 edition of Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories."

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