Read The New York Times' review of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo's '88 first book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. An excerpt:
"“Zehrunisa Husain was a tear-factory even on good days; it was one of her chief ways of starting conversations,” Katherine Boo writes in “Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” her 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."
Boo is a currently a staff writer for the New Yorker and was previously a reporter and editor for the Washington Post. She has received a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing. Read the full review here.