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Convenience Store Woman

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award
Longlisted for the Believer Book Award
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
Named a Best Book of the Year by the New Yorker, BuzzFeed, Boston Globe, Literary Hub, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Electric Literature, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, WBUR, Hudson, Bustle, Chatelaine, and Globe and Mail
An Indies Introduce Title
An Indie Next Pick
An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Literature and Fiction)

An Elle Magazine Best Summer Book Pick
One of Vogue's Books to Thrill, Entertain, and Sustain You This SummerWinner of Japan's prestigious Akutagawa Prize, Convenience Store Woman is the incomparable story of Keiko Furukura, a thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident who has been working at the Hiiromachi "Smile Mart" for the past eighteen years. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but in her convenience store, she is able to find peace and purpose with rules clearly delineated clearly by the store's manual, and copying her colleagues' dress, mannerisms, and speech. She plays the part of a "normal person" excellently - more or less. Keiko is very happy, but those close to her pressure her to find a husband and a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action. A sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures we all feel to conform, Convenience Store Woman offers a brilliant depiction of a world hidden from view and a charming and fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Convenience Store Woman is a mighty fine book, completely charming. Sayaka Murata is a wonderful writer." - Rabih Alameddine

"What a weird and wonderful and deeply satisfying book this is. Sayaka Murata is an utterly unique and revolutionary voice. I tore through Convenience Store Woman with great delight." - Jami Attenberg

"I picked up this novel on a trip to Japan and couldn’t put it down. A haunting, dark, and often hilarious take on society’s expectations of the single woman. As an extra bonus, it totally transformed my experience of going to convenience stores in Tokyo." - Elif Batuman

"Convenience Store Woman is snarky and tender. It shows a woman trying to puzzle out how to be normal. This brilliant book will resonate with all of us who find life a little strange." - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

"Instructions: Open book. Consume contents. Feel charmed, disturbed, and weirdly in love. Do not discard." - Jade Chang

"This novel made me laugh. It was the first time for me to laugh in this way: it was absurd, comical, cute . . . audacious, and precise. It was overwhelming." - Hiromi Kawakami

"Witty, wily, and astonishingly sharp, Convenience Store Woman proves that the deepest gouges can come from the lightest touch." - Lisa McInerney

"I was really amazed by Convenience Store Woman and the particular reality it exquisitely portrays . . . [It] minutely translates the sadness, anguish, grief, grumbles, fateful actions etc. of someone who is incapable of uttering the right words, adding layers of details and spinning them into a story . . . I am sincerely delighted that such a novel has come into being." - Ryu Murakami

"A darkly comic, deeply unsettling examination of contemporary life, of alienation, of capitalism, of identity, of conformity. We’ve all been to this convenience store, whether it’s in Japan or somewhere else." - Viet Thanh Nguyen

"Choosing to give your novel a narrator who is not normal, someone who is aware that there is something strange about herself, is not an easy choice. Flaunting strangeness as a privilege sometimes repels the reader. But Convenience Store Woman skilfully evades this reaction. When the protagonist, a social outcast, is placed within the box of the artificially normalized convenience store, we begin to vividly see the strangeness of the people in the world outside." - Yôko Ogawa

"Convenience Store Woman is a gem of a book. Quirky, deadpan, poignant, and quietly profound, it is a gift to anyone who has ever felt at odds with the world - and if we were truly being honest, I suspect that would be most of us." - Ruth Ozeki

"This is a story about what’s normal and not, a drama played on a stage so violently plain it becomes as vivid and surprising as an alien planet. I loved Convenience Store Woman: its brevity, its details, its opinions about life." - Robin Sloan

"Murata creates an original and surreal world in the most unlikely places. Furukura, the convenience store woman, is a strange, complex, gripping protagonist who inadvertently propels her own story forth through a series of subtle actions yet it is through these actions and also the spareness of the author’s prose that we see what a master Murata truly is. This book is not only readable, it is fun, thought provoking and at times outrageous and outrageously funny. It is sure to be a standout of the year." - Weike Wang


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Hardback Editions

June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 0-8021-2825-4 / 978-0-8021-2825-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 0-8021-2962-5 / 978-0-8021-2962-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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May 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-84627-684-5 / 978-1-84627-684-2 (UK edition)
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November 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-78378-557-8 / 978-1-78378-557-5 (UK edition)
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-84627-683-7 / 978-1-84627-683-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-5385-5560-3 / 978-1-5385-5560-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Convenience Store Woman Lib/E
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-5385-5559-X / 978-1-5385-5559-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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June 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-5385-5561-1 / 978-1-5385-5561-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori - translator
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori - translator
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

July 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
Publisher: Portobello Books
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June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
Publisher: Grove Press
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