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Jeff Backhaus Author- HIKIKOMORI AND THE RENTAL SISTER

HIKIKOMORI AND THE RENTAL SISTER

by Jeff Backhaus

Mysterious Galaxy Book Review

“Backhaus’ debut is one of the most original novels I have ever read.  It is at once suspenseful and titillating and takes you to places you have never been.  Thomas Tessler has locked himself into one room in his apartment for 3 years in response to the grief and responsibility he feels for the death of his son.  His wife, Silke, lives in the room next door and still loves him, but is beyond frustrated with his behavior, having not set eyes on him for this entire period.  She hires a “rental sister” to visit the house to persuade Thomas to come out of the room and enter back into life.  Told alternatively from his point of view and the point of view of the Megumi, Japanese-born young woman with a background and lifestyle that will alternately fascinate you and confound you.  I was mesmerized by this novel from the first page to the satisfying end.”- Terry

Algonquin Books, $23.95

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