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November 4, 2013
7:00–8:30 p.m.


75 Varick Street Room 277
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Adelphi Read Book Discussion Group led by Writing Center’s Mary Wyeth

Manhattan Community Event

Join us for a discussion of this year Adelphi Community Read: Katherine Boo’s award-winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

The book is available at the Manhattan Center Library.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, AU Reads BookIn this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Annawadi are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Meanwhile Asha, a woman of formidable ambition, has identified a shadier route to the middle class. With a little luck, her beautiful daughter, Annawadi’s “most-everything girl,” might become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest children, like the young thief Kalu, feel themselves inching closer to their dreams. But then Abdul is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects people to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, based on years of uncompromising reporting, carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century’s hidden worlds—and into the hearts of families impossible to forget.

Winner of: The National Book Award • The PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award  •  The Los Angeles Times Book Prize • The American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Literature • The New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award
Named one of the ten best books of the year by: The New York Times • The Washington Post • O: The Oprah Magazine • USA Today • New York • The Miami Herald • San Francisco Chronicle • Newsday
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