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Convenience Store Woman


by Sayaka Murata

Exhilaratingly weird and funny… Unsettling and totally unpredictable – my copy is now heavily underlined’
Sally Rooney, author of Normal People

‘A haunting, dark, and often hilarious take on society’s expectations of the single woman’
Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot

Witty, wily, and astonishingly sharpConvenience Store Woman proves that the deepest gouges can come from the lightest touch.’
Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies

Convenience Store Woman

There are normal people, and then there is Keiko.

At school and university, people find Keiko odd, and her family worries she will never fit in. To make them happy, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store where she finds peace and purpose in simple daily tasks.

But in Keiko’s circle it just won’t do for an unmarried woman to spend her time stacking shelves and ordering green tea. As the pressure to find a new job – or worse, a husband – increases, Keiko is forced to take desperate action… A cult hit around the world, Convenience Store Woman is both feminist rallying cry and must-read oddball comedy.

About the Author

One of the most celebrated of the new generation of Japanese writers, Sayaka Murata has won not only the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, but the Gunzo, Noma, and Mishima Yukio Prizes as well. Her story, ‘A Clean Marriage’, was featured in Granta 127 Japan. She is 38 years old and works part-time in a convenience store.

Ginny Tapley Takemori has translated Ryu Murakami, Miyabe Miyuki, and Kyotaro Nishimura, among others. Her translation of Tomiko Inui’s The Secret of the Blue Glass was shortlisted for the Marsh Award.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 2.6 × 19.7 cm

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