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Earthlings

(2020)
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From the beloved author of cult sensation Convenience Store Woman, which has now sold more than one million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages, comes a spellbinding and otherworldly novel about a woman who believes she is an alien

Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman was one of the most unusual and refreshing bestsellers of recent years, depicting the life of a thirty-six-year-old clerk in a Tokyo convenience store. Now, in Earthlings, Sayaka Murata pushes at the boundaries of our ideas of social conformity in this brilliantly imaginative, intense, and absolutely unforgettable novel.

As a child, Natsuki doesn’t fit in with her family. Her parents favor her sister, and her best friend is a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut, who talks to her. He tells her that he has come from the planet Popinpobopia on a special quest to help her save the Earth. One summer, on vacation with her family and her cousin Yuu in her grandparents’ ramshackle wooden house in the mountains of Nagano, Natsuki decides that she must be an alien, which would explain why she can’t seem to fit in like everyone else. Later, as a grown woman, living a quiet life with her asexual husband, Natsuki is still pursued by dark shadows from her childhood, and decides to flee the “baby factory” of society for good, searching for answers about the vast and frightening mysteries of the universe—answers only Natsuki has the power to uncover.

Dreamlike, sometimes shocking, and always strange and wonderful, Earthlings asks what it means to be happy in a stifling world, and cements Sayaka Murata’s status as a master chronicler of the outsider experience and our own uncanny universe.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I loved this book! It easily converted me to being an alien. Radical, hilarious, heartbreaking." - Elif Batuman

"A gem of a book... A gift to anyone who has ever felt at odds with the world." - Ruth Ozeki


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Hardback Editions

October 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Earthlings: A Novel
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 0-8021-5700-9 / 978-0-8021-5700-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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September 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Earthlings: From the author of the international bestseller, Convenience Store Woman: Sayaka Murata
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-78378-567-5 / 978-1-78378-567-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Publications Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Earthlings: Sayaka Murata
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-78378-569-1 / 978-1-78378-569-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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September 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Earthlings: A Novel
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 0-8021-5701-7 / 978-0-8021-5701-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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September 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Earthlings: Sayaka Murata
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-78378-668-X / 978-1-78378-668-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

October 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Earthlings
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-09-418908-1 / 978-1-09-418908-6
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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October 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Earthlings: A Novel
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
ISBN: 1-09-418907-3 / 978-1-09-418907-9
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   


October 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Earthlings: A Novel
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon   


October 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Earthlings: A Novel
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Earthlings: A Novel
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


October 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Earthlings: Sayaka Murata
Author(s): Sayaka Murata
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU