A book of extraordinary intelligence [and] humanity . . . beyond groundbreaking. Junot Diaz, "The New York Times Book Review "
Reported like Watergate, written like "Great Expectations, "and handily the best international nonfiction in years. "New York"
This book is both a tour de force of social justice reportage and a literary masterpiece. Judges Citation for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award
Incandescent writing and excruciatingly good storytelling. " The Philadelphia Inquirer"
Outstanding. " USA Today"
A richly detailed tapestry of tragedy and triumph told by a seemingly omniscient narrator with an attention to detail that reads like fiction while in possession of the urgent humanity of nonfiction. " Los Angeles Times"
Rends the heart, thrills the mind, pricks the conscience, and burns the pages. "Washingtonian"
[An] exquisitely accomplished first book. Novelists dream of defining characters this swiftly and beautifully, but Ms. Boo is not a novelist. She is one of those rare, deep-digging journalists who can make truth surpass fiction, a documentarian with a superb sense of human drama. She makes it very easy to forget that this book is the work of a reporter. . . . Comparison to Dickens is not unwarranted. Janet Maslin, "The New York Times"
A jaw-dropping achievement, an instant classic of narrative nonfiction . . . With a cinematic intensity . . . Boo transcends and subverts every cliche, cynical or earnest, that we harbor about Indian destitution and gazes directly into the hearts, hopes, and human promise of vibrant people whom you ll not soon forget. "Elle
Riveting, fearlessly reported . . . ["Behind theBeautiful Forevers"]" "plays out like a swift, richly plotted novel. That s partly because Boo writes so damn well. But it s also because over the course of three years in India she got extraordinary access to the lives and minds of the Annawadi slum, a settlement nestled jarringly close to a shiny international airport and a row of luxury hotels. Grade: A. "Entertainment Weekly"
A tough-minded, inspiring, and irresistible book . . . Boo s extraordinary achievement is twofold.She shows us how people in the most desperate circumstances can find the resilience to hang on to their humanity. Just as importantly, she makes us care. "People" (four stars)
A shocking and riveting portrait of life in modern India . . . This is one stunning piece of narrative nonfiction. . . . Boo s prose is electric. "O: The Oprah Magazine"
[A] landmark book. "TheWall Street Journal "
Moving . . . a humane, powerful and insightful book . . . a book of nonfiction so stellar it puts most novels to shame. "TheBoston Globe"
A mind-blowing read. "Redbook"
An unforgettable true story, meticulously researched with unblinking honesty . . . pure, astonishing reportage with as unbiased a lens as possible. "TheChristian Science Monitor"
The most riveting Indian story since "Slumdog Millionaire" except hers is true. "Marie Claire
Seamless and intimate . . . a scrupulously true story . . . It s tempting to compare ["Behind the Beautiful Forevers"] to a novel, but . . . that would hardly do it justice. "Salon"
Extraordinary . . . moving . . . Like the best journeys, Boo s book cracks open our preconceptions and constructs an abiding bridge at once daunting and inspiring to a world we would never otherwise recognize as our own. "National Geographic Traveler"
"Behind the Beautiful Forevers "offers a rebuke to official reports and dry statistics on the global poor. . . . Boo is one of few chroniclers providing this picture. She s a moral force and . . . an artist of reverberating power. "The American Prospect"
Kate Boo s reporting is a form of kinship. Abdul and Manju and Kalu of Annawadi will not be forgotten. She leads us through their unknown world, her gift of language rising up like a delicate string of necessary lights. There are books that change the way you feel and see; this is one of them. If we receive the fiery spirit from which it was written, it ought to change much more than that. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of "Random Family
I couldn t put"Behind the Beautiful Forevers"down even when I wanted to when the misery, abuse and filth that Boo so elegantly and understatedly describes became almost overwhelming. Her book, situatedin a slum on the edge of Mumbai s internationalairport, is one of the most powerful indictments of economicinequality I ve ever read. If Bollywood everdecides to do its ownversion of"The Wire, " this would be it. Barbara Ehrenreich, author of"Nickel and Dimed
A beautiful account, told through real-life stories, of the sorrows and joys, the anxieties and stamina, in the lives of the precarious and powerless in urban India whom a booming country has failed to absorb and integrate. A brilliant book that simultaneously informs, agitates, angers, inspires, and instigates. Amartya Sen, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics
Without question the best book yet written on contemporary India. Also, the best work of narrative nonfiction I ve read in twenty-five years. Ramachandra Guha, author of"IndiaAfter Gandhi
There is a lot to like about this book: the prodigious research that it is built on, distilled so expertly that we hardly notice how much we are being taught; the graceful and vivid prose that never calls attention to itself; and above all, the true and moving renderings of the people of the Mumbai slum called Annawadi. Garbage pickers and petty thieves, victims of gruesome injustice Ms. Boo draws us into their lives, and they do not let us go. This is a superb book. Tracy Kidder, author of "Mountains Beyond Mountains "and "Strength in What Remains"
"It might surprise you how completely enjoyable this book is, as rich and beautifully written as a novel. In the hierarchy of long form reporting, Katherine Boo is right up there. David Sedaris"show more