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A Walk Across the Sun

by Corban Addison

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Opening with the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia in 2004, A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison is about two Indian sisters who survive the waters only to discover the rest of their family did not. At age 17 and 15, they decide to go to their school and put themselves under the care of the nun’s that teach them. Unfortunately before they can get there, they fall into the hands of human traffickers and find themselves being sold into prostitution. The other main character in this book is American attorney Thomas Clarke, who is going through his own personal tragedy and decides to step away from his life in Washington D.C. and to work pro bono in India for an agency that tries to rescue under-age prostitutes from the horrors of the life they have been forced into.

The book explores the horrors of the sex trade business and the corruption that feeds it. There are a few indications that this is a first time novel. I felt the author identified strongly with Thomas and spend a little too much time on his story with his estranged wife at the expense of other plotlines. I would have like to have read more about the rescue agencies and how they traced and tracked both the victims and the perpetrators. Although the writing in places was rather clichéd, the story moved along at a good pace and this reader was quickly absorbed into the characters lives. I felt the author made a wise and conscious decision to veer away from graphic descriptions, preferring to concentrate on the victim’s feeling of outrage, shame and fear. This is an overwhelmingly difficult subject to write about with tact and taste, but I felt the author managed this quite well.

In the afterword the author expresses his hope that A Walk In the Sun will help raise the public awareness of human trafficking and the enslavement of women. This isn’t just something that is happening in underdeveloped countries, but is a worldwide concern. This author seems to chose very interesting subject material to write about and I would certainly like to read more of his stories. I look forward to seeing how his craft develops. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Jun 9, 2015 |
trafficking of humans.... a serious, degrading practice that I am oblivious to in my little world, and, yet, it is there. You'd think we would be civilized to no longer sell humans. Whereas the oldest profession was once the only way the poor could put a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs, now it is a factor of greed.

The book was okay - obviously debut book and he author leaves you with hope at the end (who wants to finish a book and be left without hope?!?!?!) but you know that many girls have no hope that are caught and kept without having a choice. The subject matter is heavy. The writing wasn't unique, but a fine well-presented story. The personal story of Thomas might appeal to the movie makers when bringing this to the big screen, but it didn't add to the stories of Sita and Ahalya. Sita's and Ahalya's story makes the book. The attorney's personal life really has no use (to me) in this book, except, possibly, provide moments of relief from the main story. ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
Interesting story about a lawyer doing pro bono work in India with an NGO that tries to stop child trafficking. There is a back story about his life with his Indian wife that develops along with him while he is looking ffor a specific child that was abducted. ( )
  janismack | Jan 18, 2015 |
A Walk Across the Sun is probably one of the best books that I have read. Two teenage sisters are the only surviving family members after a tsunami hit India. This book is about the trials and triumphs of their rescue, survival and rescue once more. Very well written. Each page kept me wanting to read on to find out what happens to these girls. I read this book while travelling the maritime provinces and had a very hard time choosing whether to look at the scenery or read. A very heart warming story. ( )
  rebecca.g | Sep 13, 2014 |
Truly amazing book. This is a heartbreaking story of two young Indian girls who lose their entire family in a monsoon and quickly find out how cruel and terrible the world can be.
The story tracks the girls as well as the NGO trying to bring traffickers to justice. The book is not at all explicit, but it is difficukt to read at times when you realize this may be a fictional story, but the subject matter is real, and these things are happening. It is also a story filled with love, conviction and hope.

Truly thought-provoking, it shines a light on human sex trafficking and opens your eyes to a horrible reality. It spurred me into doing some research and trying to find out what I could do to try to help. ( )
  TracyCampbell | Aug 20, 2014 |
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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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