২১শে জুন, ২০২৪ খ্রিস্টাব্দ, শুক্রবার, সকাল ৮:২৫

Convenience Store Woman – Sayaka Murata

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মঙ্গলবার, ৩০ মে, ২০২৩

This Japanese story follows Keiko, a thirty-six year-old woman who has been working in the same convenience store since she was eighteen. She has never fit in with her family or at school. But when she got the job at the convenience store for the first time, she felt comfortable and had a purpose in her life.
She is neurodivergent, and she is unable to live a life that is considered normal in society. She has a hard time understanding people, and in turn, people cannot really understand her. She misses social cues, and to go through life smoothly, she imitates people around her.
Her family and friends want her to live a normal life where she has a job that progresses into promotions, followed by a marriage and children. But she does not want that.

She is content working in a store. She has found a way to live a life that’s peaceful for her. But the pressure from society to fit into an assigned mold makes her take desperate steps. But she quickly realizes she is happier when she can live a life where she is genuinely comfortable and does not care about societal expectations.
This is a thought-provoking book with an important insight into the neurodivergent psyche.

-Ariana


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