Del Mar- Monday September 18th at 11 am - First Mondays Book Group - Reads and Discusses "Diary of A Void" byEmi Yagi


Diesel Del Mar First Mondays Book Group!

Join us on Monday September 18th at 11 am 

Come and Discover Great California Writing!

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This month's book is Diary of A Void by Emi Yagi

A woman in Tokyo avoids harassment at work by perpetuating, for nine months and beyond, the lie that she’s pregnant in this prizewinning, thrillingly subversive debut novel about the mother of all deceptions, for fans of Convenience Store Woman and Breasts and Eggs

When thirty-four-year-old Ms. Shibata gets a new job to escape sexual harassment at her old one, she finds that as the only woman at her new workplace—a manufacturer of cardboard tubes—she is expected to do all the menial tasks. One day she announces that she can’t clear away her coworkers’ dirty cups—because she’s pregnant and the smell nauseates her. The only thing is . . . Ms. Shibata is not pregnant.

Pregnant Ms. Shibata doesn’t have to serve coffee to anyone. Pregnant Ms. Shibata isn’t forced to work overtime. Pregnant Ms. Shibata rests, watches TV, takes long baths, and even joins an aerobics class for expectant mothers. She’s finally being treated by her colleagues as more than a hollow core. But she has a nine-month ruse to keep up. Before long, it becomes all-absorbing, and with the help of towel-stuffed shirts and a diary app that tracks every stage of her “pregnancy,” the boundary between her lie and her life begins to dissolve.

Surreal and absurdist, and with a winning matter-of-factness, a light touch, and a refreshing sensitivity to mental health, Diary of a Void will keep you turning the pages to see just how far Ms. Shibata will carry her deception for the sake of women, and especially working mothers, everywhere.

This meeting will be held at 11:00 am on Monday September 18th
at Diesel, A Bookstore in Del Mar.

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Monday, September 18, 2023 - 11:00am
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Diesel, A Bookstore Del Mar
12843 E Camino Real Suite 104
San Diego, CA 92130
Diary of a Void: A Novel By Emi Yagi, David Boyd (Translated by), Lucy North (Translated by) Cover Image
By Emi Yagi, David Boyd (Translated by), Lucy North (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143136880
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 8th, 2023

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