Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Review: The Rent Collector

I apologize for posting so late.  I guess I had a little too much fun celebrating my birthday weekend.

Today's review is The Rent Collector by Camron Wright.  I'd heard about this book before and was excited to read it because everyone said how good it was and they were not lying.  The way this book presents the human condition vs. the human spirit is incredible and thought-provoking.  I feel so grateful for the blessings I have, for basic necessities, and for my family.  This book really reminds me that home isn't always where you live, but who you're with, and many other life lessons that are easy to overlook in the daily grind of life.  I thought it would be depressing, but it is full of hope and a story I will think about for a long time to come.

If you haven't read this book, then put it on your Christmas list.  It's a must-read.

Here is the back copy:

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 woman’s journey to save her son and another woman’s 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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