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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata – Thought-Provoking WIT Novel Set In Japan.

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Convenience Store Woman by Sakaya Murata book cover with bowl of balled up rice in shape of a woman's face

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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Book Information

Author: Sayaka Murata
Genre: Women In Translation | Book Set In Japan | Satire
Pages: 135
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: June 2018
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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata Summary

The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura.

Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction—many are laid out line by line in the store’s manual—and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a “normal” person excellently, more or less.

Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It’s almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action…


A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.

Grove Press

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More About The Author, Sayaka Murata

Sayaka Murata is an award-winning Japanese writer. Some of her inspiration for Convenience Store Woman comes from working in a convenience store part-time. Murata attended Tamagawa University, and Convenience Store Woman was the first out of her ten books to be translated into English.

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