Frightening and hard-hitting, this book on life in a Mumbai slum is a rare example of how truth surpasses fiction.

Annawadi is a slum near Mumbai’s international airport and nestled within the shadow of luxury hotels. As India becomes one of the world’s fastest growing economies, Annawadians, convinced of the new India’s many miracles, begin to nurture dreams. An old man dreams of a new heart valve; another dreams of becoming the slum’s first female college graduate.

However, for a book that claims to be reporting the truth, there is little depth in the representation of non-Annawadi characters.

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