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Publisher's Summary

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 Isolated, withdrawn, damaged, Thomas is hikikomori.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.
©2013 2013 Jeff Backhaus (P)2013 HighBridge Company
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 01-12-13


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, its a one of a kind book that should be listened to by everyone.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Silke, Mugumi and Toe masss. They all brought human elements to the story that are rarely discussed or thought about but bleneded together very well.

What about Stephen Bowlby’s performance did you like?

Sometimes he nailed the Japanese/American accent (sometimes not)

If you could take any character from Hikikomori and the Rental Sister out to dinner, who would it be and why?

That would have to be Silke, I would love to understand her more.

Any additional comments?

This is not an action packed thriller, its a book that you need to listen to closely, with plenty of time to contemplate its meaning. Dont let that scare you, If i had heard someone say that about a book I may not have picked it up, but this is a one of a kind book that really grabbed me and you should not miss it.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jon on 02-21-13

Not As Good As I Had Hoped

Any additional comments?

I thought the synopsis of this book sounded really interesting, but I was very disappointed. I felt like the overall story lacked depth. I didn't really like any of the characters very much which made it very hard for me. I kept listening because I hoped it would get better but it didn't.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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