Nov 21

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

It’s never too late—to learn, to love, or to forgive.

The Rent Collector invites you into a small, make-shift home of a family struggling to survive, and escape, the slums of Cambodia.

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

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 while trying to care for their chronically ill child, Nisay. An old, ill-tempered woman they call “the rent collector” comes around each month collecting their dues. However, Sang Ly discovers that this woman holds a secret, and she just might be the only person to help Sang Ly and her family to leave Stung Meanchey for good.

How do you continue forward when life is difficult? How do you continue your desire to progress and move on without losing faith, and without losing hope? To what level would you humble yourself in order to help you and your family rise to better circumstances?

Using a real environment in Cambodia, author Camron Wright has created a wonderful story of triumph and determination. This inspirational story reminds readers that some of the greatest miracles are reserved for those who persevere with humble hearts.

The Rent Collector is available at Deseret Book and other select retailers.

Book Awards

  • 2012 Book of the Year Gold Winner – Foreword Magazine

  • 2012 Best Novel of the Year – Whitney Awards

  • Honorable Mention – Great Southwest Book Festival

  • 2013 One Read Selection for the California Chapter of Delta Kapp Gamma Society of Outstanding Women Educators


The Rent Collector was an excellent and uplifting book. The author, Camron Wright, takes a real couple from a real dump in Cambodia and weaves a story around them. The result is a tale of hope, inspiration, and redemption.

The characters in the novel were well-crafted and sympathetic. I enjoyed learning more about each one as lives were in danger, relationships were tested, and secrets were revealed. I loved the examples of literature that were shared within the story, and it reminded me why I love reading so much. It truly has the power to change lives.

The quote that spoke most to me was, “Grandfather, where is the balance between humbly accepting our life’s trials and pleading toward heaven for help, begging for a better tomorrow?” The main character, Sang Ly, seems to answer the question herself as she learns to find joy and beauty even in her most difficult circumstances, while still doing everything within her power to improve them.

This is an excellent book for book clubs. It is an enjoyable read, and it lends itself well to discussion.

About the author:

Camron Wright received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in writing and public relations from Westminster College. He currently works as a public relations, marketing, and design consultant. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers’ Choice award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, in Utah. He is the proud father of four children.

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