I really, really, really wanted to love this book. One of the things I love about fiction, is it’s ability to bring into our paths stories of injustice that we need to know and be aware of. They aren’t always easy, but story has the power to do that and A Harvest of Thorns dealt with one such important issue.
A beloved American corporation with an explosive secret. A disgraced former journalist looking for redemption. A corporate executive with nothing left to lose.
In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a garment factory burns to the ground, claiming the lives of hundreds of workers, mostly young women. Amid the rubble, a bystander captures a heart-stopping photograph—a teenage girl lying in the dirt, her body broken by a multi-story fall, and over her mouth a mask of fabric bearing the label of one of America’s largest retailers, Presto Omnishops Corporation.
Eight thousand miles away, at Presto’s headquarters in Virginia, Cameron Alexander, the company’s long-time general counsel, watches the media coverage of the fire in horror, wondering if the damage can be contained. When the photo goes viral, fanning the flames of a decades old controversy about sweatshops, labor rights, and the ethics of globalization, he launches an investigation into the disaster that will reach farther than he could ever imagine – and threaten everything he has left in the world.
A year later, in Washington, D.C., Joshua Griswold, a disgraced former journalist from the Washington Post, receives an anonymous summons from a corporate whistleblower who offers him confidential information about Presto and the fire. For Griswold, the challenge of exposing Presto’s culpability is irresistible, as is the chance, however slight, at redemption. Deploying his old journalistic skills, he builds a historic case against Presto, setting the stage for a war in the courtroom and in the media that Griswold is determined to win—both to salvage his reputation and to provoke a revolution of conscience in Presto’s boardroom that could transform the fashion industry across the globe.
I appreciated the author’s vision for shedding light on a situation Christians need to be aware of and raise their voice to. There are people who need our attention and their plights need our voice. I also think Addison is a talented writer.
There were just a couple things I couldn’t connect with, for example, a key character. There were a few frustrations that proved a bit hard for me to get past. It’s hard struggling to connect and like a character through the whole book.
I also feel it is important for me to point out that for those who don’t lean towards grittier language and situations, this might not be for them. While this wasn’t the reason why I didn’t connect with the story, I thought it was worth mentioning because it was more than I come across in inspirational fiction.
What’s a book you enjoyed that deals with important social issues? Would love to add more to my list!
(Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)
*Sorry for lack of creative photo – travels and life put me a bit behind. Since it’s the first time, I felt I had to mention it. haha!