Hikikomori and the Rental Sister

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Devastated by the death of his son, an American man named Thomas barricades himself in his New York bedroom for three years, leaving his apartment only at night to pick up food. This shutting away is known in Japan as hikikomori, and Thomas's desperate wife, Silke, decides to hire a young Japanese woman, Megumi, who has been trained to lure such people back into society. But the "rental sister"--as such women are called in Japan--has had her own secret, shattering experience. Her young brother, now dead, was also a hikikomori and Megumi has buried her pain and her anger in a fast life spent in nightclubs with anonymous men. What will happen when the lives of these three needy people triangulate? Strange, erotic, mesmerizing, this brilliant and tender novel mirrors both East and West in its search for healing.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2013.
ISBN: 9781443418003
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAC
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 21 cm.


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Nov 22, 2014

WOW! On so many levels! Beautifully crafted. A gifted novelist. I didn't want the book to end. Amazing for a 1st novel!

May 15, 2013

Beautiful. I didn't love the first 40 pages or so; but I went on, and was rewarded with gorgeous writing. It is a nice reminder of how one's scars can sometimes match up and heal nicely next to another's...

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