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A Walk Across the Sun

by Corban Addison

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This is a gem of a book, a rare work of fiction about violence, control and profit, a captivating eye opener to the existing horrors of human trafficking. The story is all about young people who are bought and sold for sex.

This is a gem of a book, a rare work of fiction about violence, control and profit, a captivating eye opener to the existing horrors of human trafficking. The story is all about young people who are bought and sold for sex.

This chilling and heart-wrenching tale follows the terrifying journey of two traditional upper middle class South Indian sisters after a tsunami hit the coast of the Tamilnadu shores and drowned the entire family sparing the two teenage girls. Left on their own the girls are soon swept up by ruthless sex-traffickers who sold them as commodities. After reading this story you may agree with me that the greed, the indifference and cruelty truly changes one’s perspective regarding the various aspects of the sex trade. This book is thought provoking in many ways.

The story is not all bleak it also emphasizes on the tenacity of love, the power of conviction and the bonds of family. The sub-plot involves an American attorney whose life is falling apart and decided to travel to India to rescue and rehabilitate young girls from the brothels of Mumbai. His path eventually crosses those of the two girls…..

Even if the subject matter involves sex and violence we are spare the gory details and horror of the sex trade and I found that I was easily drawn into the gripping development till the story line provided a breath of relief at the end. Yes, it’s grim but not painful to read and I found I was soon in the grip of a story filled with charming characters of all kind. The author use of written imagery is intense and vividly portrays both the beauty of India and its culture and the excruciating despair of the brothels.

“A Walk Across the Sun” is very interesting, captivating and worth reading. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Jun 8, 2014 |
Two young girls are left homeless after a tsunami destroys their village killing their parents. The girls set off by foot to go to their school, they are accosted and kidnapped into human trafficking. Although a heartbreaking subject, I do feel that this is a crime we need to understand better. The resolution is gentle, so I did not find the book overly painful. Bobbie ( )
  Mladies | Oct 30, 2013 |
A bit boring at first but it picks up. I thought it would be predictable but in the end it wasn't. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author in the future. ( )
  MerryMeerkat | Sep 26, 2013 |
Basically this is the story of redemption and salvation, although not in the traditional sense of those words. This story moves from Washington, D.C. to Mumbai to Paris to Atlanta and back to Mumbai. That is the physical journey. However the spiritual and personal journeys of the characters is even more dramatic and transformational. Two sisters caught up in the tsunami of a few years ago get thrown into the world of human trafficking. Their faith keeps them going once they are separated. A couple who has lost a child end up separated. How do the two pairs reunite and what does it take for that to happen? It takes faith, perseverance, and honesty. Not always easy to consistently conjure up under extreme stress. So, I will not divulge the details, but will just say that the plot and characters had me interested right from the beginning. If the view of trafficking is at all realistic, I am even more disgusted by it now than prior to reading the book. An engaging, informative and thought-provoking book. ( )
  hemlokgang | Sep 7, 2013 |
Even thought I am aware there is international sex trafficking, it seems remote and impersonal. This novel changes that. Through the experiences of two young women from India, the reader is led through a series of international horrors. Without repeating the plot, the author sheds light on the dark side of both men and women, rich and poor, educated and illiterate. The story begins in India, travels to France, and then the United States. It is amazing how complicated and coordinated the efforts of the sex traffickers are and the levels of collusion and complicity required of authorities in some countries. The story is gripping.

This is a novel driven by plot. Although the characters of the two Indian girls are believable as are some of the adults who use them, they too often do just seem to be "characters." This, I felt, was especially true of some of the co-workers of Thomas Clarke, the Washington D.C. attorney who undertakes the task of finding the younger sister. His marriage to an Indian woman, his affair with the co-worker, and his relationship with yet again another beautiful co-worker in France do seem a bit contrived at times. However, this is a minor flaw.

In short, I feel the author desperately wanted to shed light on this almost unspeakable horror which is happening to far too many young women across the world. He succeeded in that. The story is definitely worth reading and will be remembered. ( )
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When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade.


Halfway across the world, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crisis-and makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent's human traffickers. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.
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When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. As they struggle to reach the safe haven of the convent where they attend school, they are abducted by humantraffickers and thrust into a hidden world of sexual violence and illicit commerce, where the most valuable prize is the innocence of a child. Halfway across the world, in Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crises. Haunted by the tragic death of his infant daughter and estranged from his wife, he makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical in India with an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent's human traffickers. In Mumbai, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the sex trade and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. When he learns the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a deadly showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals. Spanning three continents and two cultures, this story chronicles an unforgettable journey through the underworld of modern slavery and into the darkest and most resilient corners of the human heart.… (more)

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