Hikikomori and the rental sister

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books :
Pub. Date:
2013.
Language:
English
Description

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.

More Details
Contributors:
ISBN:
9781611749199
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 2f70db71-6500-2adf-d6ce-e1f5b6be1d03
Full title hikikomori and the rental sister
Author backhaus jeff
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-19 04:57:34AM
Last Indexed 2018-05-20 04:57:33AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Bowlby, Stephen.
author Backhaus, Jeff.
author2-role Bowlby, Stephen.|Narrator, hoopla digital.
author_display Backhaus, Jeff
detailed_location_arlington hoopla
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 Isolated, withdrawn, damaged, Thomas is hikikomori.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.
format_arlington eAudio
format_category_arlington Audio Books
id 2f70db71-6500-2adf-d6ce-e1f5b6be1d03
isbn 9781611749199
item_details external_econtent:ils:.b15090474||hoopla|Online|eAudio|Audio Books|1|false|true|hoopla||https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11419320||Available Online||qafea||
itype_arlington eCollection
last_indexed 2018-05-20T08:57:33.347Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington Online
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library Online, Aurora Hills Online, Central Online, Cherrydale Online, Columbia Pike Online, Connection Crystal City Online, Detention Center Online, Glencarlyn Online, Local History Online, Plaza Online, Shirlington Online, Westover Online
primary_isbn 9781611749199
publishDate 2013
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.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington external_econtent:ils:.b15090474||Available Online|Available Online|false|true|false|false|false|true||||
subject_facet Downloadable audio, Grief -- Fiction, Hikikomori -- Fiction, Intimacy (Psychology) -- Fiction, Social isolation -- Fiction, Streaming audio
title_display Hikikomori and the rental sister
title_full Hikikomori and the rental sister / Jeff Backhaus
title_short Hikikomori and the rental sister