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The Road to Wanting

Sometimes the hardest journey is the road home.

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 then 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.

Longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.

Important places

Yangon (15)


Yangon (15)


Myanmar (252)
Thailand (518)
China (2,041)

Other geographical areas

Indochina Peninsula (557)
South-Eastern Asia (2,613)