Rating: 4of 5 stars
Source: ARC received from LDSBA
Book Description: 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 bad-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
Bonnie's Thoughts: Life at the municipal waste dump at Stung Meanchey in Cambodia is a struggle. Ki Lim and Sang Ly scavenge the trash piles for recyclables in order to put food on their table. Their only child is constantly sick. But slowly, the view of the hut they call "home" is changed when Sang Ly learns and comes to know the person they know as "the rent collector".
A touching story, and my love for books grows. Sang Ly is a strong person because she has to be, she has to survive and be there for her family. I cannot fathom living in such a way, but admire those that do it to survive.
The story is a bit slow, but is a great story to share.
Would definitely recommend this book for a book group. Great conversations can result from talking about this book
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