MAC'S BACKS BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN
Mac's Backs Book Club discusses Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.
Convenience Store Woman is the charming and unforgettable story of Tokyo sales clerk Keiko Furukura. Keiko is an unusual person, someone who has never fit in, but when she takes a job at a 'Smile Mart' she finally finds peace and purpose in her daily tasks. But there is huge pressure on Keiko--to pursue a career, to find a husband--and she feels forced to take desperate action in order to please the people around her instead of herself. Is there room in this 'normal' world for someone as strange as Keiko?
"In Sayaka Murata's Convenience Store Woman, a small, elegant and deadpan novel, a woman senses that society finds her strange, so she culls herself from the herd before anyone else can do it . . . Casts a fluorescent spell . . . A thrifty and offbeat exploration of what we must each leave behind to participate in the world."--Dwight Garner, New York Times
"The novel borrows from Gothic romance, in its pairing of the human and the alluringly, dangerously not. It is a love story, in other words, about a misfit and a store . . . Keiko's self-renunciations reveal the book to be a kind of grim post-capitalist reverie: she is an anti-Bartleby, abandoning any shred of identity outside of her work . . . It may make readers anxious, but the book itself is tranquil--dreamy, even--rooting for its employee-store romance from the bottom of its synthetic heart."--Katy Waldman, New Yorker
Sayaka Murata is the author of many books, including Convenience Store Woman, winner of Japan's most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. She used to work part-time in a convenience store, which inspired this novel. Murata has been named a Freeman's "Future of New Writing" author, and her work has appeared in Granta and elsewhere. In 2016, Vogue Japan selected her as a Woman of the Year.
Ginny Tapley Takemori has translated works by more than a dozen Japanese writers, including Ryū Murakami. She lives at the foot of a mountain in Eastern Japan.
Weather permitting, we will meet at the Coventry Peace Arch, near the Coventry Library. If the weather is inclement, we will meet via Zoom. Contact us for the link.
The book will be available at Mac's Backs or through our website at the 20% book club discount.