Nominated by:

Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne, USA

Publisher of nominated edition:

Shadow Mountain, USA

The Rent Collector

Cameron Wright      

2014 Longlist

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.

(From Publisher)

About the author

Cameron Wright began writing to get out of attending MBA School at the time and it proved the better decision. Letters for Emily was a “Readers Choice” award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. In addition to North America, Letters for Emily was published in several foreign countries.

He has owned several successful retail stores, in addition to working with his wife in the fashion industry, designing for the McCall Pattern Company in New York. He currently works in public relations, marketing and design. He lives with his wife, Alicyn, in Utah, just south of Salt Lake City, at the base of the Wasatch mountains. He is the proud father of four children.

Librarian’s Comments

The Rent Collector is written about a real woman even though it is a novel. Set in a Cambodian dump, it is a most uplifting book. We chose it because of one of the central themes, which is the powere of literaracy to lift you out of your circumstances.

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