A WALK ACROSS THE SUN
A Walk Across the Sun is flawless. The story is compelling and it is easy to relate to all of the characters. The author successfully tackles a touchy, yet still relevant, topic and puts a human face on an international tragedy. The author could have quite easily taken some of the more sensitive scenes and exploited them in a way that would have made readers cringe. Instead, Addison leaves out the gruesome details and focuses instead on the emotion therein. This book will touch your heart and motivate you to fight.
Sisters Ahalya and Sita are teenagers living in India. They are well educated and happy until a tsunami wipes out their entire family and the home they grew up in. While on their way to find people who can help, the two are kidnapped and sold to a brothel. They are ultimately separated and struggle to find their way back to each other. On the other side of the world, in Washington, D.C., Thomas Clarke has been forced to take a sabbatical from his job as a lawyer. He moves to India to work at a nonprofit and to reconnect with his estranged wife. He finds himself entrenched in the world of human trafficking and smack dab in the middle of Sita and Ahalya’s tale. (SILVER OAK, Jan., 384 pp., $24.95)