Convenience Store Woman
by Sayaka Murata
translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori
Grove Press, 2018
Adult Contemporary Literary Fiction
8 cups of tea out of 11
Summary: Keiko is a convenience store worker, has been for eighteen years. It is a place she understands and feels understood. But society pressures her to do things that she doesn’t want to do and to be something she isn’t. Does she choose the store or what society expects of her?
Likes: Keiko fascinates me. She is really observant and clearly explains why she does what she does, whether it is her interactions with other people or how she arranges food and beverages in the store. I also found myself cheering for her.
Dislikes: The one guy who talks about the Stone Age and has lots of issues.
Overall this novel was a quick read and I enjoyed myself. It was an interesting look at culture and a woman’s role in society. Also it’s about choices and what makes you happy. I do recommend this if you’re into quick, character-driven stories.
Sexual – Mild
Language – Mild