Convenience Store Woman
by Sayaka Murata
If you’re looking for something to read as the second wave of Covid-19 devastates our fragile country of great strength, you could do worse than this brilliant and deceptively simple story of an oddball woman, Keiko Furukura, for whom life never made sense, no matter how hard she tried. Her world view is that of someone who never got the rule book. Her well-meaning childhood attempt to show affection for father by bringing a dead bird home for him to eat sends her family into a crisis and provides employment to a psychologist.