Book Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

What’s it about?

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My thoughts

This book was recommended by a Booktuber who has previously given very good recommendations so I went out on a limb and requested a copy from the library.  She sold it to me on the basis of its heart being thankful for what you have and enjoying what you have rather than constantly wanting more or what you don’t have.  I’m sure we all often feel like this – I know I do!

Keiko lives a simple ordinary life.  I’m sure she’s on a spectrum of some kind but she’s doing her best to fit in by following and repeating how those around her speak and act.

It’s not a book where much happens, she goes to work, we get a run down of what her daily work life entails and then she goes home and repeat, until a new employee starts.  She then tries to take on board of what others in her life tell her she should be doing and then…well…the problems start when she changes to meet others’ expectations

I believe the book is fiction but based on the author’s own experience of working in a convenience store, nothing seems to be lost in translation with some real laugh out loud moments – she has no filter.  But at the end of the day, she’s happy, she’s happy with her job and actually, she’s really good at it, and it’s a shame she’s never been promoted because she could certainly do a better job than the 8 managers she’s worked under.  It’s just everyone else around her who can’t comprehend that she could be happy with the little that she has and the expectations that we, as a society, place on other people to conform to what others believe is normal for people by the time they reach a certain age.

Simplistically told, quirky in nature, thoroughly engaging and which reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

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Small print for info
Source: Library
No of pages: 163
Publisher: Portobello Books