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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (Jan. 4 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1443408239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443408233
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A novel that is beautiful in its story and important in its message. A Walk Across the Sun deserves a wide audience' John Grisham. 'Addison's debut is an unforgettable read' Star Magazine. 'It was more than just an intriguing read. It was an experience ... a novel that will change how you view the world. This is definitely one to read' Awaaz news. 'An accomplished, compelling thriller, drawing people towards a difficult, heartrending subject' Bookbag. 'An astounding novel full of first-hand insight that could only come from true-life experience' Irish Sunday Independent. 'a real page turner, beautifully written, compelling but with a hugely important message at its heart' writing.ie. 'an immensely readable and powerful indictment of the global trade in human beings' Tribune. 'His sensitive treatment of a difficult subject in an atmospheric page-turning thriller deserves to be read' The American. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

CORBAN ADDISON is a litigation attorney and a supporter of human-rights and social-justice causes around the world. He holds degrees in law and engineering and lives with his wife and children in Virginia. This is his first novel.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 29 2012
Format: Paperback
Story Description:

Corban Addison leads readers on a chilling, eye-opening journey into Mumbai's seedy underworld--and the nightmare of two orphaned girls swept into the international sex trade.

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.

My Review:

This was a difficult book to read for me because it dealt with the horrible but very real world of exploitation in its worst form; the rape of young girls and women. This despicable act isn't just relegated to the farest reaches of our planet but happens every single day in our own backyards.

A Walk Across the Sun is the story of two sisters who lose their family to a tsunami and then are kidnapped in broad daylight and sold into the sex slave industry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthonete R. Coetzee on July 2 2012
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An awesome read for sure. Taking us across the globe educating us on the different walks of life and the dangers that lurk out there where our young girls/daughters/friends/sisters are concerned.
Couldn't put the book down and have since shared this book with so many friends and family.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 24 2012
Format: Paperback
The sexual exploitation of children is one of the many tragedies of globalization. 'A Walk Across the Sun,' explores the movement of children from developing world countries like India to United States where they can become slaves to the perverse desires of the despicable pedophile. Sita and Ahalya have barely survived the deadly tsunami on December 26, of 2004 that's hit their village on the western coast of India. Numbed by the death of their mother and father and grandmother, they leave their destroyed house of a nun from the school they attend. Displaced and wretched, they become easy fodder for kidnappers looking to sell them as slaves. At the same time, Thomas Clarke is an attorney living in Washington D.C. who has recently lost a child to crib death. Stopping at a park for a walk and contemplation, he witnesses the kidnapping of a little girl from her mother. Coinciding with the recent death of his daughter, he experiences an emotional bond with the mother of the abducted little girl. When he is blamed for a botched law suit at his firm, Thomas uses the firm's offer of a leave to join a non-profit group in India dedicated to stopping the use of underage prostitutes in the Mumbai. This gives him the opportunity to do something he believes in and provides an opportunity to mend his marriage to an India woman who has returned to her home of the same city. The book follows the terrible travails of Sita and Ahalya and the desperate attempts of Thomas Clarke to save them and his marriage at the same time. It's a riveting read that provides insight into a human tragedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Novel Girl TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 28 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was a first for me by this author.
The story deals with the money business of children slavery for all things as diverse as work and sex. This story shares a universal problem, that is extremely hard to stop, and the author does a good job of telling how futile the authorities job is and as well how rewarding it is when there are rescues.
Throughout; the central characters have their own stories, which makes up the balance of the novel.
I liked that the author did not over sensationalize this issue with graphic details, as knowing it is a reality is already horrific enough.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Did not like this book. I found the tsunami unrealistic. Even in a third world country, there would have been rescue efforts after a tsunami but there were surprisingly few people who were even interested in the survivors. The girls walked to a town and people were just going about their normal lives and didn't seem to care that there was a horrific event that occurred within walking distance.

There were too many cliches. There was too much telling, not enough showing. There were many passages that would have been more satisfying written in dialogue rather than long passages of description. Very little character development.

I had no sympathy for the lawyer character. I don't identify with beautiful, rich people. I would have found him more palatable if he had a beer gut or club foot or a stutter.

Don't waste your time reading this. It reads like someone who's done a lot of research about India but is not Indian. And he spoon feeds us all his research by explaining religion and translating words in a condescending way that tells me the author thinks his readers are all idiots.
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