Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, West Adult
Subtitle from cover.
Prologue: between roses -- Undercitizens. Annawadi -- Asha -- Sunil -- Manju -- The business of burning. Ghost house -- A hole she called a window -- A come-apart -- The master -- A little wildness. Marquee effect -- Parrots, caught and sold -- Proper sleep -- Up and out. Nine nights of dance -- Something shining á -- The trial -- Ice -- Black and white -- A school, a hospital, a cricket field.
It was definitely well written, but, for me, it was difficult to get through. It is a work of nonfiction that reads like a novel and it is so easy to think of the book as a work of fiction. Whenever those thoughts entered my mind, I thought, why would she create these characters just to weave a life of pure awfulness (no better way to put this) that surrounds them. However, this book is a piece of investigative journalism and it is all TRUTH. That fact left me feeling sick whilst reading the book. Sometimes, I think I prefer to subscribe to the belief that 'ignorance is bliss'. I was never aware of any of this occurring in India and now that I am somewhat alerted of this world, I wish I still had no knowledge of this underworld. It was too depressing for me overall....i like to think more optimistically about the world and humanity itself...