The Garden of Burning Sand

The Garden of Burning Sand

Book - 2013
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Zoe Fleming is an American attorney working with an NGO devoted to combating child sexual assault in Lusaka, Zambia. When an adolescent girl is raped in the dark of night and delivered by strangers to the hospital, Zoe's organization is called in to help. Working alongside Zambian police officer Joseph Kabuta, Zoe learns that the girl's assailant was not a street kid or a pedophile but the son of a powerful industrialist with deep ties to the Zambian government. As the prosecution against him grinds forward, hampered by systemic corruption and bureaucratic inertia, Zoe and Joseph's search for the truth takes them from Lusaka's roughest neighborhoods to the wild waters of Victoria Falls, to the AIDS-ridden streets of Johannesburg and the splendour of Cape Town. As the rape trial builds to a climax and sends shockwaves through Zambian society, Zoe must radically reshape her assumptions about love, loyalty, family -and, especially, the meaning of justice.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013.
ISBN: 9781443419697
Characteristics: 423 p. ;,23 cm.


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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.

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.

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

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.

Nov 25, 2014

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

Sep 26, 2014


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.

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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