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A Walk Across the Sun Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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Addison’s debut is an international thriller about the shadowy world of child trafficking. During the 2005 tsunami, sheltered Indian teenagers Ahalya and Sita are orphaned and fall through the cracks into the criminal underworld. As they struggle to comprehend their situation, attorney Thomas Clarke, halfway across the globe, faces a personal and professional crisis that sends him off to India to work as a lawyer for an international agency focused on sex trafficking. When a brothel raid nets Ahalya but not her sister, Thomas sets off on a personal quest to find the missing teenager. The slowish start is made up for with plenty of action and travel in the second half of the story, as Thomas closes in on Sita, and the traffickers do their best to keep her hidden. Clarke’s quest requires more than a little suspension of disbelief, but it offers an insightful take on the all-too-real problems of international human trafficking. --Jessica Moyer
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Some readers might say that this is a "hard book to read", and that's true--at first. Coming face-to-face with the gritty realities of the horrendous trade in young girls is difficult. But Addison deftly weaves a tale of beauty and redemption throughout. It reads like a thriller, but has the soul of poetic lyricism.
This might be a small spoiler, but I believe knowing this fact, actually, greatly improves the read -- it ends with goodness. It's not a "pat" ending, and all of the twists and turns of the story contribute to an overall effect of depth and reality. So the "happy" ending -- rather than being cliche or saccharine -- comes off as a picture of redemption. Yes, I know I've used that word a few times, but there's no better descriptor for how this book feels. Redemptive.
Thriller fans will be delighted. Those who want a story with poetic beauty will be moved. The (on-the-ground) research makes you feel like you are walking the streets of Mumbai or Paris -- and the characterization is strong.
I can't more highly recommend this book!
In summary, I am glad I read it, glad it was a book club pick and recommend it be read with a warning it is disturbing material.
I heard C. Addison speak at Bon Air Baptist Church last year and his story of how this book came to be seemed, to at least this believer, to be divine. I read the book after hearing him speak. He sincerely believes in the cause of dismantling the practice of Human Trafficking. He even gives way to help on the last pages. I was moved to contribute and I hope you will be too.
The plot is involved but insightful and it's hard to put the book down. A few very minor things did annoy me, the first of which was the coincidental and too convenient way the hero, lawyer Thomas Clarke, is offered the opportunity to go to Bombay for a year of pro bono work with a non-governmental organization that attempts to find and rescue kidnapped minors. The fact that his estranged wife (who he is still in love with) is from Bombay and is living there is treated as some kind of questionable bonus. It would have been more believable if he had sought out the post in an effort to see and reconcile with her, with the pro bono work as a means to an end...not the other way around. There was also an incident just before he left for India where Thomas witnessed and attempted to stop a kidnapping of an eleven-year old girl that really played no significant part in the story. If it was meant to be meaningful, perhaps, but again another strange coincidence and a distraction. The other problem for me was that the very end was a bit saccharine and syrupy. This was not in keeping with the rest of the book and was a bit too much. Other readers may not have felt this way...just my take. All-in-all, a great book.