Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo

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Katherine Boo, you’re gonna make me subscribe to the New Yorker. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, trying to trick myself into believing the Paris Review is enough, that I don’t have time for both – but I’m wrong, and you’re a beautiful writer, so I will likely open another Chrome tab and go get that subscription underway.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a book my work wife Sharon gave me a couple of months ago. It’s a book about Mumbai’s airport slums, but it’s also much more than that. Katherine Boo spent three years building relationships with people in Annawadi, and presents here a telling of their interconnected lives. While I’m not always the biggest fan of her prose, Boo skilfully teases out the essential humanity we’d likely choose otherwise to ignore.

Books read: 15


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