Convenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, they are delighted for her. For her part, in the convenience store she finds a predictable world mandated by the store manual, which dictates how the workers should act and what they should say, and she copies her coworkers' style of dress and speech patterns so that she can play the part of a normal person. However, eighteen years later, at age 36, she is still in the same job, has never had a boyfriend, and has only few friends. She feels comfortable in her life, but is aware that she is not living up to society's expectations and causing her family to worry about her. When a similarly alienated but cynical and bitter young man comes to work in the store, he will upset Keiko's contented stasis--but will it be for the better? Sayaka Murata brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the familiar convenience store that is so much part of life in Japan. With some laugh-out-loud moments prompted by the disconnect between Keiko's thoughts and those of the people around her, she provides a sharp look at Japanese society and the pressure to conform, as well as penetrating insights into the female mind. Convenience Store Woman is a fresh, charming portrait of an unforgettable heroine that recalls Banana Yoshimoto, Han Kang, and Amélie ."-- (Source of summary not specified).
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, [2018]
Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780802128256
Branch Call Number: FICTION MURATA 2018
Characteristics: 163 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Takemori, Ginny Tapley - Translator


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Keiko has never fit in, but she is very good at working at the convenience store. Why isn't that enough?

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Jan 13, 2019

I agree with the comment below - a woman on the autism spectrum with added layers of Japanese cultural expectations.
I loved the ending

Jan 09, 2019

It was an easy read, but the cover implies a quirky, slice-of-life comedy, which isn't accurate. The main character made me wonder if she was a caricature or if there are actually people like her. As a result, I didn't really sympathize.

Dec 19, 2018

I read this short novel in a day and I enjoyed it, but it didn't make much of an impression until a few weeks later, after reading a Korean novel (City of Ash and Red) featuring another 'misfit' who also reaches the end of the story with an ambivalent attitude towards life. Part of the fascination of both stories is how different individual agency is respected (or not) in Asian cultures compared to American/Western ones.

Nov 27, 2018

One of the strangest books I've read in a long time. A 36-year-old unmarried woman who has worked at a convenience store her entire working career keeps a man as a pet so people will think that she is normal. I enjoyed it but it's very strange.

ArapahoeAnnaL Oct 24, 2018

This portrait of a woman on the autism spectrum rings true.

Oct 05, 2018

Maybe something was lost in the translation. Perhaps it's a cultural thing but for me, this book was just plain out weird. The only reason I completed it was because I wanted to see if the main character was going to turn out to be some kind of alien or something. SPOILER ALERT......she's not.

Jul 24, 2018

New York Times article jul 24 2018
Recc to Bryn Mawr books--Jan 2019 reading


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Sep 28, 2018

asiaklg thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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