The Rent Collector by Camron Wright⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I didn’t like this book at first. This story of a family living and working in the huge Stung Meanchey dump in Cambodia seemed compelling – and yet at first it fell flat.
Told in the first person by Sang Ly, she and her husband and their small baby barely survive in this filthy and desolate place. But Sang Ly has a dream to learn to read, in an effort to possibly help her son have a better life.
What I didn’t like in the beginning of this book was the language used by Sang Ly, a supposed uneducated and illiterate Cambodian women. The author has her speaking and telling the story using words and phrases someone with her lack of education would never have used. It would have been nice to have the language develop through out the book as Sang Ly develops and learns.
I had to get past this personal bias early in the book, because the story does develop and is sad, and thoughtful and meaningful, as Sang Ly and the Rent Collector’s lives become entwined they both learn from each other the real meaning of hope, redemption and getting a second chance.