Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fiction: The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright was a compelling read, partially because it had come so highly recommended by so many different types of readers. This is always intriguing to me.  And, while I thought I knew the storyline start to finish right from the opening paragraph, there was a wonderful story within the story that turned the whole thing into a bit of a realistic fairy tale. Enough so that I kept turning the pages to see where they would lead.  Elements of delight show up in the most surprising places in this world when you are open to their possibility.  That was the gift this book offered to me.

For more detail, consider the summary below from the MORE online library catalog:  Sang Ly struggles to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting rents from the poor of Stung Meanchey, Sang Ly embarks on a desperate journey to save her ailing son from a life of ignorance and poverty.

January Book Club