The Garden of Burning Sand

The Garden of Burning Sand

Book - 2014
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The New York Times bestselling author John Hart raved that "If you like stories of good people struggling to do right in the world's forgotten places, there is no one better suited than Corban Addison to take you on the ride of your life." In The Garden of Burning Sand , Addison, the bestselling author of A Walk Across the Sun , creates a powerful and poignant novel that takes the reader from the red light areas of Lusaka, Zambia, to the gilded chambers of the Washington, D.C. elite, to the splendor of Victoria Falls and Cape Town.

Zoe Fleming, an accomplished young human rights attorney, has made a life for herself in Zambia, far from her estranged father--an American business mogul with presidential aspirations--and from the devastating betrayals of her past.

When a young girl with Down syndrome is sexually assaulted in a Lusaka slum, Zoe joins Zambian police officer Joseph Kabuta in investigating the rape. Piecing together clues from the victim's past, they discover an unsettling connection between the girl--Kuyeya--and a powerful Zambian family who will stop at nothing to bury the truth.

As they are drawn deeper into the complex web of characters behind this appalling crime, Zoe and Joseph forge a bond of trust and friendship that slowly transforms into love. Opposed on all sides, they find themselves caught in a dangerous clash between the forces of justice and power. To successfully prosecute Kuyeya's attacker and build a future with Joseph, Zoe must risk her life and her heart--and confront the dark past she thought she had left behind.
Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2014
ISBN: 9781623651299
1623651298
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 24 cm

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Blabbermouth
Jul 24, 2016

Harsh subject. I really appreciate that Corban Addison tackles these awful crimes. This one was about a child rape in Africa. I learnt alot about how hard it is in other countries. I also learnt how little others care about making it safer & fairer for others in unfortunate circumstances. It opened my eyes.

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FVReader
Feb 12, 2016

If this story had remained centered on Africa, it would have been a good crime investigation-law court story of justice, as well as a story of a nation at the brink of change. Within are the people, customs, society and traditions of Zambia in the modern world. However, these elements are glossed over and the story is told through the eyes of a more privileged North American
Zoe Fleming is a whiny, rich, "woe is me" American and her story interferes with the story of Zuyeya and Africa. As the story progresses, it becomes more about Zoe and less about Africa.

Interesting plot and setting in Africa but writing style is facile. Author misses an opportunity to delve into the complexities of humanitarian aid. The plot falls apart when protagonist has to go begging for money from friends when we know she could have gone to the bank for a loan on her inheritance. And her teenage trauma weighs way too heavily on her adult decisions.

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Vonda_2
Nov 05, 2015

this is my first time reading this Author I thought that this book was a face-paced thriller that authentically captures the plight of young women in much of Africa today and clearly lays out the complexity of combating HIV on the continent. It was a thoroughly enjoyable novel

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writermala
Sep 18, 2015

One of the best books I've read in a long time. The story deals with crime, justice, passion, loyalty, mistakes, forgiveness, and above all love. Anything I add will detract from the story; suffice it to say I was teary eyed at some points. A must read.

K_ROK Sep 15, 2015

After reading, "A Walk Across the Sun" I had to read this book next and expectations were exceeded once again from this author. He is one of my favorites and I cannot wait to get my hands on his latest book, "The Tears of Dark Water." His subject matter can be hard for some readers, but I am a huge fan.

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Eil_1
Nov 25, 2014

The tragedies facing girls in Africa - where corruption and absence of justice for these children abound.

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Mothercat
Sep 26, 2014

Enjoyable.

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Mogan
Sep 04, 2013

Two for two! Corban Addison's second novel is as gripping as his first. Bravely embracing a topic the West now views complacently: AIDS. Though treatment and mortality rates have improved here, in Africa, the setting for this story, it is still killing more people each and every day. Once the story has played out, you will find yourself wanting to meet the next story of AIDS in Africa. This account is heart-breaking, frustrating, terrifying and mind-boggling. It is a story of heroes and victims, of tragedies and those who exhibit incredible bravery and selflessness while trying to help. Sure to be the cause of several sleep-deprived nights, you won't regret a single word of it.

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mprimom
Apr 06, 2013

Just like his first novel "A walk accros the sun" compelling and powerful story, leave you with a serious message. Great debut writer!

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