The Garden of Burning Sand

The Garden of Burning Sand

Book - 2014
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When a girl with Down syndrome is sexually assaulted in a Lusaka slum, human rights lawyer Zoe Fleming and Zambian police officer Joseph Zabuta conduct an investigation that reveals a link between the victim and a powerful local family.
Publisher: New York : Quercus, 2014
ISBN: 9781623651299
Branch Call Number: Fiction Addison
Characteristics: 405 pages ; 24 cm


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My Favorite Books This Year All fiction books below are mysteries (and probably part of a series) except where described as something else. I really, really enjoyed all of these books, and hope that you may find something you like among them. This one of my favorite things to share at the end of the year and the beginning of the new one. Fiction  The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison    ... (more)

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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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