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Hikikomori and the Rental Sister (Compact Disc)

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After a tragedy, Thomas Tessler withdraws from his wife and closes himself in his bedroom. The Japanese call this Hikikomori. His wife hires a young Japanese woman, called a "rental sister," to rescue him. A beautifully written novel about grief, intimacy and dealing with emotions. — Sarah Knight

January 2013 Indie Next List


“Thomas Tessler is 'hikikomari,' secluded, isolated, and depressed, a father so filled with guilt and shame he feels his only option is to lock himself in his bedroom and avoid all human contact. Thomas's wife, Silke, forced to communicate with her husband through a locked door, is desperate to save her marriage. She enlists the services of Megumi, a Japanese 'rental sister.' Her job is to break through Thomas's wall of isolation. Backhaus does a wonderful job of exploring how these three defeated people reach out to one another and begin the work of healing.”
— Beverly Bartczak, The Fine Print, Lakeside, OH



Product Details
ISBN: 9781665159708
ISBN-10: 1665159707
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Publication Date: January 8th, 2013
Language: English