The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright
Age Range: Adult
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain; Reprint edition (October 1, 2013)
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
This fictional story, based on actual accounts, follows a Cambodian family that lives at–and makes their living from–Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. as her husband scavenge the dump for things to sell, Sang Ly tries to find a way to heal her ailing son. When she discovers that the bad-tempered rent collector can read, Sang LY begs the woman to teach her. The unlikely relationship is the beginning of a life-changing quest. It is a story of hope, determination, and the strength of family. It is the journey of one woman to save her son and another womans chance at redemption. It demonstrates that even in a dump in Cambodia–perhaps especially in a dump in Cambodia–everyone deserves a second chance.
About the Author:
Camron Wright holds a masters degree in writing and public relations. He says he began writing to get out of attending MBA school, and it proved the better decision. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. In addition to North America, Letters for Emily was published in several foreign countries. Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, in Utah. They are the parents of four children.
Wow. This book completely blew me away. It was gorgeous. It is a story about what it means to be human. It is about literacy and the way it changes lives. Words and stories have power. The Rent Collector explores that theme in depth and gives us (the reader) hope for the future, hope for humanity, hope for our children.
I had a difficult time finishing this book because I didn’t want it to end. I would read a chapter, then get lost in thought until one of my kids or my husband would ask me what I was doing. I recommend this book to everyone. It is one of those stories that needs to be read and needs to be shared. It is educational and eye-opening. It will steal your heart, stomp on it, then stick it back in your chest, beating stronger than ever.
Content: Some disturbing scenes (war crimes, etc). Clean otherwise.