Inspired by the real-life Japanese social phenomenon called hikikomori and the professional "rental sisters" hired to help, The Rental Sister is about an erotic relationship between Thomas, an American hikikomori, and Megumi, a young Japanese immigrant hiding from her own past. The strange, insular world they create together in a New York City bedroom and with the tacit acknowledgment of Thomas's wife reveals three human hearts in crisis, but leaves us with a profound faith in the human capacity to find beauty and meaning ...

The Rental Sister 2014, Algonquin Books (division of Workman), New York

ISBN-13: 9781616203269