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Convenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

Author Sayaka Murata
Publisher Grove Press
Publication Date 2019-09
Section New Titles - Paperback
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780802129628

Shortlisted for the Best Translated Book Award
Longlisted for the Believer Book Award
Los Angeles Times Bestseller
Named a Best Book of the Year by the New YorkerBuzzFeedBoston GlobeLiterary HubMinneapolis Star TribuneElectric LiteratureLibrary JournalShelf Awareness, WBUR, Hudson, BustleChatelaine, 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 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.

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