Book Review: A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison

A Walk Across the Sun

 

I am often lucky enough to be gifted books for my birthday and Christmas. I love, love, love reading and there is nothing I love more than a brand new book!

A fellow bookworm often enjoys treating me to a new book and especially introducing me to a new author. I also have a strong interest in human rights so was delighted to be gifted A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison.

Addison has a career history in corporate law and litigation but through his interest in international human rights he was driven to write A Walk Across the Sun. His writing style is simple, and very easy to read, no interpretation is needed, Addison tells his story clearly.

So slavery was abolished years ago huh? So think it has nothing to do with you huh? Well think again. Modern day slavery is alive and kicking in a town near you. And if you think the sex industry in first world countries is pretty harmless, with women choosing to pole dance for fat earnings then think again.

A Walk Across the Sun begins in India, with our main characters sisters Ahalya and Sita in their idyllic life, and then the tsunami hits wiping out their family and within a day, they are in the cycle of human trafficking. While on the other side of the world Washington lawyer Thomas Clarke is facing his own demons.

Their two worlds collide and span, Bombay, Paris and various cities in America as well as cultures as varied as Indian, American and Russian. We are transported back and forth from rural India to modern and buzzing Paris.

Addison’s knowledge of human trafficking and the reality of modern day slavery is clear and I have learnt so much from this book. The reality is truly shocking and hit me with impact. We know this happens, we know it is wrong but to read such a clear, beautiful and painful story really brings it home.

I really hope that this book is widely read so that the message can be spread and the issue of modern day slavery can be discussed and fought against. Well done done Corban Addison.

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