A Harvest of Thorns, a novel by Corban Addison, opens in Bangladesh in 2013. A fire has broken out in a factory that makes clothes for Presto, a giant American retailer, and the death toll is high. A photo of a young woman’s broken body whose face is covered by a garment with the retailer’s name is shown all over the world. For a time there is public outrage, but this too passes. Presto’s attorney, Cameron Alexander, does his own investigation into the tragedy and what he uncovers is shocking. So is the reaction he receives when he reveals his findings to Presto’s hierarchy. A year later Joshua Griswold, a journalist, begins his own investigation into the fire and the garment making business. As a result, life changes for both men.
Cameron and Joshua are complex and flawed men whose paths might not have ever passed had it not have been for the fire. Unexpectedly, they both have come upon a chance for possible redemption. What will they do with the opportunity?
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The gifted author gives voice to the vulnerable and unrepresented victims who end up in untenable situations through no fault of their own. There is much about the story that is painful as it includes the issues of slave labor and sexual abuse. The message put forth is powerful, memorable and thought provoking. It is well worth reading.
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