Publication day is tomorrow and rave reviews keep rolling in for a novel that is “simply breathtaking in its delicacy and prose” and just so happens to be our Giveaway Monday book…
by Jeff Backhaus
Here’s the description from the Required Reading section of The NY Post:
“This debut novel from Backhaus takes place in New York City, but aside from some references to a bus line here or a bodega there, it could almost be anywhere. That’s because Thomas Tessler has basically locked himself in his room for the past three years (a phenomenon in Japan called hikikomori) after his son’s death. His desperate wife, who shares the apartment but never sees him, hires a ‘rental sister’ (another import from Japan) to try to snap him out of it. When they become intimate, his wife needs to decide if it’s all worth it.”
BookRiot put this “gorgeous first novel” on its Five Books to Watch for in January list.
And the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says: “[Hikikomori and the Rental Sister] is written deeply, cleanly, sparely and gently, like fingers playing over the strings of a harp. Jeff Backhaus has apparently worked at many jobs, but it seems that he has now found his vocation.”
Now’s your chance to get a free copy…