Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Meanchey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash.
Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working.
Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money—a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past.
The Rent Collector is a story of hope, of one womans journey 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.
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Title: The Rent Collector
Author: Camron Wright
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: August 27, 2012
Size: 304 pages, 6×9, hardcover
This book is one of those amazing, change-your-life, kind of stories.
A woman, living in a dump, wants to learn how to read so she can better herself and her family’s situation.
Who can teach her? The one who sharply demands the rent each month.
Over the course of time these two women learn a lot about each other and the world of literature.
The woman discovers things she can do for herself without having to ask anyone else…like which bus to take, or where the doctor’s office is, or how to better her family life.
She also discovers a side of the “rent collector” that no one else ever knew.
As I was reading I realized how much I take reading for granted.
How blessed we are…those of us who LOVE to read…to have the whole world at our fingertips…even if we sometimes read to escape where we are in life.
This book is based on a true story.
Wow! How amazing. This story will touch anyone’s life. Being literate changes lives. A change is perspective can turn even a garbage dump into a home. THANKS Camron for the great story!
I absolutely loved this book! Great story, strong characters. It’s one of my favorites.
I was worried that this story would be depressing since it focuses on a young family living in a dump in Cambodia. However, it was surprisingly full of hope and happiness, with a great message about redemption and finding beauty wherever you are. A wonderful book!