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Hikikomori and the Rental Sister

Jeff Backhaus

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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 Isolated, withdrawn, damaged, Thomas is hikikomori.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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stephen Bowlby

Length:

6h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:28


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

22:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

27:16


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

28:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

31:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:08