Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

A woman struggles to fit into ’normal’ society while holding down the ’lowly’ position of a convenience store worker. Society has clear expectations of good ‘career’ jobs and what’s young people are supposed to value, when you go against those norms you are looked on as broken or strange. This is a short read, but explores issues that many of us have: should we get married because that’s what society expects us to do? have kids too? should we be proud of our job if we enjoy it eventhough society looks down upon it? what makes us happy? should we care what others think? Despite exploring these issues, it does so in a humorous and straightforward manner. The topic and plot is interesting but I find the characters to be a bit rigid and stereotypical. This simplicity is also part of this book’s charm though.

My Rating: ★★★ My 2019 Reading Challenge: Book #14

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