Convenience Store Woman

Sayaka Murata

Published: 2 May 2019
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 176 pages
ISBN: 9781846276842

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Published: 7 February 2019
ISBN: 9781783785636

Ebook Available

Translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori


Meet Keiko.

Keiko is 36 years old. She's never had a boyfriend, and she's been working in the same supermarket for eighteen years.

Keiko's family wishes she'd get a proper job. Her friends wonder why she won't get married.

But Keiko knows what makes her happy, and she's not going to let anyone come between her and her convenience store...

*Convenience Store Woman comes in three different colours; the colour you receive will be chosen at random*

About the author

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One of the most celebrated of the new generation of Japanese writers, Sayaka Murata has won not only the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, but the Gunzo, Noma, and Mishima Yukio Prizes as well. Her story, 'A Clean Marriage', was featured in Granta 127 Japan. She is 36-years-old and works part-time in a convenience store. More about the author


‘[A] short, deadpan gem... This is a true originalStephanie Cross



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, author

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 Buchanen, author

A sure-fire hit of the summer... quirky and profound

An offbeat, tongue-in-cheek read... a tale of finding one's own path to happinessLaura Waddell

Exhilaratingly weird and funny ... Unsettling and totally unpredictable - my copy is now heavily underlined’ Sally Rooney

For literary refreshment, try the playful, artful Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata’ Best Summer Books

Poignant, darkly comic and wonderfully uplifting, this novel will resonate with anyone who has ever felt out of kilter with the world around them’ Summer Reads

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, author

‘A darkly comic novel’ 'Best Summer Books’ selected by Viet Thanh Nguyen

‘A new book from an incredible woman... from this dark and delightful [novel] springs a feminist rallying cry: trust yourself


‘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, author

‘I was really amazed by Convenience Store Woman and the particular reality it exquisitely portrays... I am sincerely delighted that such a novel has come into being’ Ryu Murakami, author

‘Murata's fascinating Convenience Store Woman, a tale about a happy misfit that's equal parts wily and disquieting‘Best Summer Books’ selected by Lisa McInerney

‘The compelling English-language debut from Sayaka Murata ... enthrallingElsbeth Lindner

‘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 delightJami Attenberg, author

‘When the protagonist [of Convenience Store Woman], 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’ Yoko Ogawa, author

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

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