Hikikomori and the Rental Sister by Jeff Backhaus audiobook

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister

By Jeff Backhaus
Read by Stephen Bowlby

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge 9781616201371
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Thomas Tessler, devastated by a tragedy, has cloistered himself in his bedroom and shut out the world for the past three years. His wife, Silke, lives in the next room, but Thomas no longer shares his life with her, leaving his hideout only in the wee hours of the night to buy food at the store around the corner from their Manhattan apartment. Isolated, withdrawn, damaged, Thomas is hikikomori.    Desperate to salvage their life together, Silke hires Megumi, a young Japanese woman attuned to the hikikomori phenomenon, to lure Thomas back into the world. In Japan Megumi is called a “rental sister,” though her job may involve much more than familial comforts. As Thomas grows to trust Megumi, a deepening and sensual relationship unfolds. But what are the risks of such intimacy? And what must these three broken people surrender in order to find hope?    Revelatory and provocative, Hikikomori and the Rental Sister tears through the emotional walls of grief and delves into the power of human connection to break through to the waiting world outside.

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Summary

Summary

Selected for the January 2013 Indie Next List

Thomas Tessler, devastated by a tragedy, has cloistered himself in his bedroom and shut out the world for the past three years. His wife, Silke, lives in the next room, but Thomas no longer shares his life with her, leaving his hideout only in the wee hours of the night to buy food at the store around the corner from their Manhattan apartment. Isolated, withdrawn, damaged, Thomas is hikikomori.
 
 Desperate to salvage their life together, Silke hires Megumi, a young Japanese woman attuned to the hikikomori phenomenon, to lure Thomas back into the world. In Japan Megumi is called a “rental sister,” though her job may involve much more than familial comforts. As Thomas grows to trust Megumi, a deepening and sensual relationship unfolds. But what are the risks of such intimacy? And what must these three broken people surrender in order to find hope?
 
 Revelatory and provocative, Hikikomori and the Rental Sister tears through the emotional walls of grief and delves into the power of human connection to break through to the waiting world outside.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] strange and tender debut novel…His writing, which is as clear and direct as flowing water, convincingly portrays the deepening connection between Thomas and Megumi.” Wall Street Journal
“One remarkable debut.” Toronto Star
“Written deeply, cleanly, sparely, and gently, like fingers playing over the strings of a harp.” St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Required reading.” New York Post
“A mesmerizing debut at once sorrowful, intimate, and optimistic…Told in crisp and lyrical prose and a nontraditional narrative that shifts between first- and third-person, Backhaus’s novel is courageous and spare, an enthralling success.” Booklist (starred review)
“[A] quiet but poignant exploration of loneliness and self-discovery.” USA Today

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Author

Author Bio: Jeff Backhaus

Author Bio: Jeff Backhaus

Jeff Backhaus has been a cook, an art director, and a professional pilot. He lived and worked in Korea and now lives in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Runtime: 6.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English