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Publisher — Grove/Atlantic
Date Published — September 17, 2019
ISBN — 9780802129628

Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata

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Publisher — Grove/Atlantic
Date Published — September 17, 2019
ISBN — 9780802129628
Shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award
Longlisted for theBeliever Book Award
ALos Angeles Times Bestseller
Named a Best Book of the Year by theNew Yorker,BuzzFeed,Boston Globe,Literary Hub,Minneapolis Star Tribune,Electric Literature,Library Journal,Shelf Awareness, WBUR, Hudson,Bustle,Chatelaine, andGlobe and Mail
An Indies Introduce Title
An Indie Next Pick
An Amazon Best Book of the Month (Literature and Fiction)

AnElle Magazine Best Summer Book Pick
One ofVogue’s Books to Thrill, Entertain, and Sustain You This Summer

Winner 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.