On November 24, 2012, a fire broke out on the ground floor of the Tazreen Fashions factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The eight-story building had no fire escapes, no emergency exits. According to official reports, at least 117 workers perished that night, and over 200 were injured. The way large western brands like Walmart, Zara, Gap, C&A, etc. have their clothes produced and the aftermath of this 2012 fire inspired Corban Addison to develop the novel A Harvest of Thorns.
Presto is the Walmart like multi-billion brand at stake. In a complex supply chain, the internal Code of Conduct is worthless. Presto’s Cameron Alexander travels to Bangladesh to discover the dilemmas local factory managers are facing. HIs choice to cover up this practice for the C-suite at Presto, yet providing a lead to journalist Josh, is a costly one.
Joshua Griswold, together with fast fashion specialist Rana Jahil, succeed in finding the girls that are victims of the Dhaka fire and reveal frequent rapes, trafficking, and other symptoms of modern slavery. They submit their file to court to sue Presto. The novel follows the legal hearings, the difficulties of applying U.S. law to cross-border supply chains. Both Josh and Cameron have bruised private relationships, and while Presto’s stock price is plummeting, outside the box thinking is needed to survive as a business, avoid being exposed as a traitor in court, and do more to the plaintiffs.
Addison’s is on spot with this contemporary theme mixed with love, attempts to escape from danger, and social responsibility of a for-profit firm.
About the author
Corban Addison is the internationally bestselling author of A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, and The Tears of Dark Water, which won the 2016 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award. His novels have been published in over 25 countries. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of humanitarian and social justice causes around the world. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.
I received a free copy from publisher Zondervan through Booklookbloggers in exchange for my personal, unbiased review upon reading.