I’ve read A Walk Across the Sun for my book club and it made me think hard about human nature and authors. Why does man write? Some of them couldn’t stop themselves; some of them think it is the greatest thing to do, and so many other reasons. However, Corban Addison wrote this book so that more people hear about human trafficking. So, this is a pretty valuable book.
A Walk Across the Sun is a gut-wrenching book. The two orphaned sisters are forced into prostitution and used in the drug trade. In the meantime, we read the stories of abducted girls from all over the world. It is so scary how big a network of human trafficking is. I’m not going to lie; we should all be scared.
I had to take breaks because it felt overwhelming time to time. But I can say that I read it with pleasure. Most importantly, I look at the world with entirely different eyes. I recommend this book to anyone except couples who are new parents.
A Walk Across the Sun
Ahalya Ghai and her younger sister Sita are as close as sisters can be. But when a tsunami rips through their village on India’s Coromandel coast, their home is swept away, and the sisters are the sole survivors of their family. Destitute, their only hope is to find refuge at a convent many miles away. A driver agrees to take them. But the moment they get into that car their fate is sealed. The two sisters – confused, alone, totally reliant on each other – are sold.
On the other side of the world, Washington lawyer Thomas Clarke is struggling to cope after the death of his baby daughter and the collapse of his marriage. He takes a sabbatical from his so high-pressure job and accepts a position with the Bombay branch of an international anti-trafficking group. Thomas is now on a desperate path to try and save not only himself and his marriage, but also the lives of the two sisters.
Corban Addison is the internationally bestselling author of four novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, The Tears of Dark Water (winner of the inaugural Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award), and the forthcoming A Harvest of Thorns, all of which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An attorney, activist, and world traveller, so he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery and labour rights and supply chain transparency in the global economy. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.
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