Convenience Store Woman - Sayaka Murata
Reading Challenge Category: Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge - A book in translation
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...
This is another book I hadn’t looked forward to reading but would push me out of my comfort zone. I was pleasantly surprised by this; it is short but very uplifting. Keiko lives to work in the convenience store, but unfortunately, society isn’t happy with her life choices. So much is expected from a 36-year-old woman. She is expected to have a proper job that pays well and if not, then a husband and children. She is expected to perform the correct social skills and have uniform thoughts. Keiko isn’t ordinary or what society thinks should be typical of a woman her age. She likes the simple life of working in the convenience store. The convenience store is her life. However, then along comes Shiraha, who makes her think she should conform and change her life to fit in with everyone else’s ideals. But will that make her happy? This is a book that breaks away from the mould. It is about a woman who is a little different but is content with her lot. It is a short story and very easy to read. You find yourself getting angry on Keiko’s behalf. Why can’t she lead her pleasant little life the way she wants? What is so wrong with being different and unique? Very much enjoyed this and it made a charming read for a Sunday afternoon.