Convenience Store Woman
by Sayaka Murata
Hardcover- $13.52

The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store ...

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  "" by Ljwagoner (see profile) 09/09/18

Disturbing quote from p.70, “The normal world has no room for exceptions and always quietly eliminates foreign objects. Anyone who is lacking is disposed of.” The main character is 36 and has been working as a convenience store worker for 18 years. It’s what works for her, but those around her see things differently. The story takes a poignant look at the idea of normal. What is normal, what is abnormal & makes a point that each person is unique. Live into who you are. Disturbing and humorous, this short book is a good read!

 
  "" by [email protected] (see profile) 12/27/18

A beautifully written book about a woman who sees the world as it is, without emotion. The author does a great job of developing the character over the course of her experiences, bringing her to a point of a final self acceptance. The relationship with Shiraha is disturbingly abusive, however the way the relationship mirrors society’s view of the main character is nicely woven in. Murata also references ‘normal’ frequently, in the end ‘normal’ is what each individual character creates for themselves.
Complex and simple all at the same time, with a message to be true to yourself.

 
  "" by [email protected] (see profile) 04/19/19

Loved how this book questions what is isn’t normal. The more Keiko conforms the less she conforms to society and what a woman is expected to do. Shiraha is similar but he has a negative attitude vs Keikos positivity. Love story ? Why do we love her and find him creepy?

 
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