The Garden of Burning Sand

Quercus. May 2014. 416p. ISBN 9781623651299. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781623651305. F
Addison (A Walk Across the Sun) delivers another compelling novel exposing human rights violations. Instead of India, readers this time are sent to Africa, where child sexual assault runs rampant amid AIDs, corruption, and a lack of DNA labs. Zoe Fleming, daughter of a high-profile politician, is an American attorney working for a nonprofit legal organization based in Zambia. When Kuyeya, a disabled African child, is raped, investigators begin to unravel a scandalous history involving prominent business leaders, doctors, and Kuyeya's mother. Passion fuels Zoe and her colleagues as they fight legal injustices and dangerous adversaries in an attempt to bring the man responsible to justice. Kuyeya and her story are fiction, but Addison's novel connects readers to real-world injustices alive and well on the African continent today.
VERDICT A sense of urgency will keep readers engrossed, and, despite the tragedy depicted, they will also find comforting themes connected to love and family. Fans of Addison's first novel and readers who enjoy socially conscious fiction will want this. [100,000-copy first printing; ten-city tour.]
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