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Annawadi is a slum at the edge of Mumbai Airport, in the shadow of shining new luxury hotels. Its residents are garbage recyclers and construction workers, ecomic migrants, all of them living in the hope that a small part of India's booming future will eventually be theirs. But when a crime rocks the slum community and global recession and terrorism shocks the city, tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and ecomic envy begin to turn brutal. As Boo gets to kw those who dwell at Mumbai's margins, she evokes an extraordinarily vivid and vigorous group of individuals flourishing against the odds amid the complications, corruptions and gross inequalities of the new India.
KATHERINE BOO is an investigative journalist focusing on matters of poverty and opportunity. A staff writer at the New Yorker magazine since 2001, she was previously a writer and editor at the Washington Post. Among the honours her work has received are a MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant, a National Magazine Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. This is her first book.
Winner of Pulitzer Prize General Non-Fiction Category 2011. Shortlisted for Dayton Literary Peace Prize: Non-Fiction 2013 and National Book Critics Circle Awards 2013 and Guardian First Book Award 2012 and Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2012.