Hikikomori and the rental sister
hikikomori, n. h?kik?'mo?ri; literally pulling inward; refers to those who withdraw from society.
Inspired by the real-life Japanese social phenomenon called hikikomori and the professional “rental sisters” hired to help, Hikikomori and the Rental Sister is about an erotic relationship between Thomas, an American hikikomori, and Megumi, a young Japanese immigrant hiding from her own past. The strange, insular world they create together in a New York City bedroom and with the tacit acknowledgment of Thomas’s wife reveals three human hearts in crisis, but leaves us with a profound faith in the human capacity to find beauty and meaning in life, even after great sorrow. Mirroring both East and West in its search for healing, Hikikomori and the Rental Sister pierces the emotional walls of grief and delves into the power of human connection to break through to the world waiting outside.
Named an Indie Next pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, one of Book Riot’s 5 to Watch, and an iBooks Store Editor’s Choice in hardcover.
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|Full title||hikikomori and the rental sister|
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|Last Indexed||2018-05-20 04:57:33AM|
|author2-role||Bowlby, Stephen.|Narrator, hoopla digital.|
|display_description||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 Isolated, withdrawn, damaged, Thomas is hikikomori.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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|record_details||external_econtent:ils:.b15090474|eAudio|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books :|2013.|1 online resource (1 audio file (6hr., 30 min.)) : digital.|
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|subject_facet||Downloadable audio, Grief -- Fiction, Hikikomori -- Fiction, Intimacy (Psychology) -- Fiction, Social isolation -- Fiction, Streaming audio|
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|title_full||Hikikomori and the rental sister / Jeff Backhaus|
|title_short||Hikikomori and the rental sister|