Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo -- Nov 2011 LTER
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This narrative non-fiction about the extremely poor people living in the slums of Mumbai is quite remarkable. The story is well-written, fast-paced, and very engaging. Given that, it is still a hard book to read emotionally. I can't imagine doing what some of these people have done, but I also can't imagine living in the circumstances they face every day of their sometimes-too-short lives. As I said in my review, had this book been a novel, I wouldn't have liked it very much because the characters are, for the most part, not very likeable. But these are real people, people the author came to know, and their stories deserve to be heard.
My review and several others are on the book's LT page. Read through a few and see if the book is for you, but if you are interested in India or in social issues, I think you'll find it to be a compelling book.