The Road to Wanting
A startlingly fresh story of a young woman's reluctant homecoming
Na Ga was always in search of a better life. But now she sits, alone, in a hotel room in Wanting, a godforsaken town on the Chinese-Burmese border.Plucked from her wild life as a rural eel-catcher, Na Ga is first abandoned by her would-be rescuers in Rangoon. Later, as a teenager, she finds herself chasing the dream of a new life in Thailand – where further betrayals and violations await. Yet it seems that her fighting spirit will not be broken. But for how long can Na Ga belong nowhere and with no one? In the dingy hotel in Wanting she is forced to confront her compulsion to keep running, and to ask herself why, until now, she’s resisted the journey home.
Praise for The Road to Wanting
Poetic... engaging...full of witty observations, dialogue and characterisationsBookmunch
Sheds garish light on the world of shadows and misery in which Burma's abused minorities liveIndependent
Wendy Law-Yone does not merely report on a lost world: she recreates it in words for our benefit. In a clear-cut style, lucid and poetic, she offers us the experience of loss, learning and redemption. The Road to Wanting is a hauntingly beautiful book.Alberto Manguel