Giveaway Monday: Hikikomori and the Rental Sister

It’s a bit later in the day than usual, but we just can’t start the work week without our Giveaway Monday. Today we’re featuring the upcoming debut novel,

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister

by Jeff Backhaus

Fill out the form below to enter for a chance to win one of 25 advance reader copies of Hikikomori and the Rental Sister. You may enter one time only. Today, October 15, only.

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 Isolated, withdrawn, damaged, Thomas is hikikomori.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.

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2 Comments On This Post:

October 15, 2012
4:47 pm
Frank Bragg says...

Hope I win.

October 16, 2012
4:36 pm
Rebecca says...

I just finished reading a galley. The prose is airy and easy to read, but the themes and emotions run deep. An excellent new novel.

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