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Convenience Store Woman by @sayakamurata

By Pamelascott

Meet Keiko.

Keiko is 36 years old. She's never had a boyfriend, and she's been working in the same supermarket for eighteen years.

Keiko's family wishes she'd get a proper job. Her friends wonder why she won't get married.

But Keiko knows what makes her happy, and she's not going to let anyone come between her and her convenience store...


A convenience store is a world of sound.


(@GrantaBooks, 5 July 2018, paperback, 163 pages, borrowed from @NACLibraries)



I loved Convenience Store Woman. It's a short book but a lot is packed into it's scant pages. The book is very funny, quite satirical and has some dark undertones. I found Keiko very endearing, her love for her job is evident on every page, despite her family and other people around putting it down, telling her she needs to get a 'real job', get married and sort her life out. Her resilience is wonderful to read. When you find the thing that's meant for you, cling to it and never let go. The book is sad at times as Keiko contemplates giving into other's expectations but there is a lot of love as well.

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