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Women in Translation: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Monday, Jul 22 2019
19:00 - 20:00
Book Club
location: Lighthouse

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This month we’re reading Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman, winner of Japan’s most presitgious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. Funny, charming, and casting a clear light on society’s pressure to conform, we’re very excited to discuss this!

“Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, they are delighted for her. For her part, in the convenience store she finds a predictable world mandated by the store manual, which dictates how the workers should act and what they should say, and she copies her coworkers’ style of dress and speech patterns so that she can play the part of a normal person. However, eighteen years later, at age 36, she is still in the same job, has never had a boyfriend, and has only few friends. She feels comfortable in her life, but is aware that she is not living up to society’s expectations and causing her family to worry about her. When a similarly alienated but cynical and bitter young man comes to work in the store, he will upset Keiko’s contented stasis—but will it be for the better?”

The book club will be pretty informal in general. Like our other book clubs, Women in Translation will provide a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions can be shared and new appreciations discovered. There will be wine, curious minds and relaxed conversation. So come and join our warm bookish group – all are welcome.

(Readers don’t have to buy the bookclub book from the shop, however we do rely on those book sales to be able to keep the event & refreshments free; to pay our booksellers for their time prepping & running book clubs and to keep the lights on. Please do NOT buy your books from amzon, if you cannot afford to buy the book then PLEASE support your local library.)

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