A Walk Across the Sun

A Walk Across the Sun

A Novel

Book - 2012
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An unforgettable journey into the underworld of modern-day slavery, A Walk Across the Sun begins on December 26, 2004, as seventeen-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her younger sister, Sita, are walking on the beach outside their home in Chennai, India. Suddenly, the unimaginable happens: a devastating tsunami hits the shore, tearing their family apart instantly and leaving them orphaned and alone. As they attempt to travel toward safety inland, they are kidnapped and delivered to a Mumbai brothel, to begin new lives as captive prostitutes.

In Washington, DC, a young lawyer, Thomas Clarke, is forced to take a sabbatical from his prestigious law firm. He chooses to serve his time with a non-profit group working in the red-light areas of Mumbai, where his wife, Priya, has returned to live with her family following the tragic loss of their child. Little does he know that his reluctant penance will soon turn into an international quest for the woman he has lost and a child he has never met.

Though separated by half a world, the destinies of Thomas and the Ghai sisters become intertwined as Sita is trafficked to Paris and then New York. Before long, Thomas is navigating the brutal system of international human trafficking in an effort to reunite the sisters and save Sita's life. Unflinchingly gritty yet ultimately hopeful, A Walk Across the Sun is an eye-opening tale of family and survival.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2012
Edition: 1st Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443408233
Branch Call Number: ADDI
Characteristics: 437 p. ; 23 cm


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Jul 06, 2017

Addison tackled an extremely important topic in this novel. Empathically written and well researched, Addison's choice of protagonists makes the story particularly moving. I appreciate being able to 'get into' the psyche of a fifteen year old innocent. Addison's amazingly detailed and painful insight into the world of human trafficking of girls and women really helped me understand what it would be like to be a women trapped in such horrific circumstances as the women he portrays.

Apr 05, 2017

Interesting and informative plot but the writing was over-simplistic to the point of being painful. Almost felt like reading a Scholastic Level 5 school book instead of an adult novel. I skimmed through most of this book ... disappointing.

Sep 02, 2016

Brilliantly written! Read it 2 years back but the horror of the story still haunts me. The emotions described made me so upset

Very interesting plot but writing style is disappointingly simplistic. I felt I was being spoon fed the emotions and the terror. A good book but lacks impact because of the writing.

Apr 28, 2016

Although a work of fiction, it runs parallel with the actual world of sex trafficking. The success in the promotion of this evil is due to the people world-wide who participate in their deviant behavior. The crimes inflicted on these young girls is a reflection of what happens to millions of others.

Apr 22, 2016

Knowing what this book was about made it hard for me to get through the first two chapters. But despite the heavy subject matter, this book was a great read! I look forward to reading his other books

ehbooklover Apr 12, 2016

This book's strong female characters were terrific and had me rooting for them from the first page. It's main topic of human trafficking is hard to read about, but the author is able to effectively communicate the disturbing scope of this issue without providing gratuitous detail. And despite this difficult topic, the book manages to be uplifting as well. A great read!

CatherineG_1 Mar 27, 2016

Addison's story about two sisters sold into international slavery was well researched and written.
Reading John Grisham's endorsement of this book made me realize this was a legal thriller.
Addison's writing style is very similar to Grisham's, jam packed and neatly tied up at the end.
I would have preferred had he focused on one sister's ordeal. Sita's story was so strong and well done, he could have just focused only on her.

Mar 12, 2016

I read this book in 2012, and it was my favorite book that year. It is definitely one of my favorite books ever.

Jul 05, 2015

"A walk across the sun" is a heart rending tale of Ahalya and Sita, two sisters who are torn away from their upper middle class home in India by a cruel Tsunami. They end up in a brothel and worse still separated from each other. While Thomas an attorney from the U.S is trying hard to trace Sita, Sita resolves that come what may she will cling to her memories while Ahalya entrusts Thomas with the task of bringing Sita back to her. The message of the book further is that the war against human trafficking cannot be stopped by putting traffickers in jail rather it will only stop when men stop buying women for their pleasure. A well told story with an important message.

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