April 20, 2016

April - Behind The Beautiful Forevers and A Change of Books for May

Despite only one person reading the book & one other person reading part of it, thanks to Linda also bringing in a synopsis of the play by the same name, we did manage to get in a bit of a discussion about this book and the situation in India. The scale of the corruption and the number of people living in abject poverty in the slums is mind boggling for people who live in the suburbs of of a Midwestern U.S. city.

If you didn't read it, if you can find a copy through the library, I do highly recommend that you give this one a shot. There is so much here to think about beyond the poverty. For example, compared to what they might have if they lived in the countryside or a higher economic class, the women have a surprising amount of freedom and power within their neighborhood.

***The book for May has been changed - we will now be reading The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar***

1 comment:

Ann Tarr said...

Last night, I finished reading The Secret Daughter for May!! No worries!! Still time to read the new one. But I did enjoy Secret Daughter!!