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For Women’s History Month, we’re bringing you #Women Write the World, daily posts of National Book Award honored women authors whose nonfiction writing on matters here and abroad set new standards for American expository literature. 

A real-life murder mystery set amidst a city teeming with suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy. Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a remarkable depiction of the people of Annawadi, a slum in the shadow of Mumbai airport. The book earned a National Book Award in 2012 and playwright David Hare’s adaption of The Beautiful Forevers is now on stage at London’s National Theatre.