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Sayaka Murata

Author of Convenience Store Woman

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Works by Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman (2016) 3,003 copies
Earthlings (2020) 972 copies
Life Ceremony (2019) 304 copies
A Clean Marriage 10 copies
Zeremonie des Lebens (2022) 3 copies
Faith 3 copies
地球星人 (2018) 3 copies
Dziewczyna z konbini (2019) 2 copies
Dünyalılar (2023) 2 copies

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Granta 127: Japan (2014) — Contributor — 125 copies
早稲田文学増刊 女性号 (2017) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Quirky account of Keiko, a young woman who has tried (andfailed) to fit in all her life. She finds purpose working in the convenience store, but for friends and family this makes her a "social dropout". Friends and family pressure her to strive for more...a career, husband, and family. Will these changes make her feel more useful? Can she give up the convenience store?
 
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xfitkitten | 192 other reviews | Apr 6, 2024 |
Yikes.

What in the heck did I just read?

The jacket cover is technically correct, but hats off to the marketing folks that wrote the sales pitch, picked the cover quotes, piqued my interest, and got me to read this strange book. No, strange is not a strong enough word though. Bizarre? Odd? Whack?

Whatever ... it just wasn't good; I didn't like it. So many strange choices by the characters, misunderstandings, and topics that went way out into left field. I understand there are a LOT of cultural differences between the US and Japan, and that this was translated from Japanese so I added a star to the rating to account for those differences. But honestly this felt like a book about three people who need serious therapy.

I don't know what else to say. Just ... yikes.
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