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A Walk Across the Sun Hardcover – 3 January 2012
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"In his debut novel, lawyer Addison uncovers the labyrinthine underside of human trafficking in this dazzling transcontinental story about the power of conviction, the bonds of family, and the tenacity of love. After a tsunami in India tragically orphans 17-year old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister, Sita, the girls are kidnapped and taken to a Mumbai brothel where their nightmare begins. Meanwhile, D.C.-based attorney Thomas Clarke faces marital and career crises. His wife, Priya, returns to her family in India when her grandmother dies, Thomas's demanding legal career and the SIDS death of their infant daughter having taken their toll. Assuming the blame for a headline-grabbing legal debacle, Thomas accepts his firm's offer to take a paid sabbatical and work on a pro bono case overseas. He ends up in Mumbai working for CASE (Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation). When CASE comes to rescue Ahalya, the sisters are separated, and Sita must go to Paris (and later, America) as a drug mule, as her owners try to elude their pursuers. In addition to Ahalya and Sita's timely story, Addison's portrait of Thomas and Priya's tenuous relationship skillfully reveals the difficulty of inter-cultural marriage. The novel successfully explicates the magnitude of the human trafficking business, the complexities of international legalities, and the impact of the Internet's role in this horrifying underworld." --Publishers Weekly
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- Publisher : SilverOak (3 January 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1402792808
- ISBN-13 : 978-1402792809
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 3.18 x 24.13 cm
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I read this book because a man I met this year had read this book several years ago. As a result of reading this book he founded a charity, Kindled Spirit. His charity raises money and the profile for modern day slavery. The money he raises is channelled directly to an NGO in Mumbai called Kshamata.
I felt that if this book could inspire the man I met (Richard Cribb) to found a charity and actually get up and do something, then it had to be worth reading. I was not wrong.
It is worth reading.
I've read it.
I gave it to my book club to read.
Please pick it up and read it. Give it to your book club. Raise awareness.
And feel blessed that it is not you or yours
Although it provides an insight into the horrors of human trafficking and some idea of the scale of the problem, I felt this book lost something as a novel as it tried too hard to educate the reader about human trafficking. The plot line often felt implausible and the characters were too 2-dimensional to really care about .
The story itself was well written, handled with sensitivity and the characters , both good and bad were very believable. I strongly recommend this book, and am so pleased to have been told about it
At times the plot does seem a little contrived and coincidences seem to pile on top of each other rather too easily. I guess I decided that this was necessary to develop the story but the fact that it was so noticeable did detract a little from the plot. The characters were believable and the feel of India (which I have visited a number of times) did come through.
Generally a good read and one that should leave you thinking again about the horrors of sexual slavery.