Convenience Store Woman

Convenience Store Woman

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/05/2019
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Convenience Store Woman
It's ok to be you!
I read this lovely little book in one three hour train journey and was left absolutely charmed. For anyone who had ever felt at odds with the world, read ... READ MORE
Clara Bow
Convenience Store Woman
Irresistibly Eccentric
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. What a unique reading experience this was! Keiko's perspective is fascinating ... READ MORE
Kate at Sutton
Convenience Store Woman
Funny, quirky and heartfelt
This is a beautifully told story of a woman that is trying to find her feet in a society that tells her she is everything but normal. A funny, quirky and ... READ MORE
Stacey at Llandudno
Convenience Store Woman
What an absolutely wonderful read!
I am so thrilled with this book! It's quirky, funny and in parts quite heart warming. I really fell in love with Keiko and her way of viewing the world, wh... READ MORE
Rosy at Doncaster
Convenience Store Woman
Quirky and Heartfelt
Keiko is quite happy with her simple life working in a convenience store. However the people around her feel like she should aim for more. This is the stor... READ MORE
Jane at Llandudno
Convenience Store Woman
Quirky and Poignant Japanese Goodness
Keiko is delightfully odd – very literal and rational to the point where social niceties completely evade her comprehension. She is, however, very self-awa... READ MORE
Gemma McConville
Convenience Store Woman
Absolutely stunning!
Convenience Store Woman may be my favourite fiction book of 2018, and it is certainly the first one the comes to mind when I am asked for a recommendation.... READ MORE
Noah at Waterstones Cambridge
Convenience Store Woman
Perfection!
I read this in one sitting, and I absolutely loved it! Probably the Japanese answer to Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, this is a quirky, bittersweet ... READ MORE
Helen at Scarborough
Convenience Store Woman
A quick, enjoyable alternative summer read!
I've been stuck in a bit of a reading rut for a wee while so decided to take something light with me on holiday to hopefully break the cycle of getting abo... READ MORE
Jessica Lavin
Convenience Store Woman
Quirky and thought-provoking
This book has brought me out of a reading slump. Everything I was picking up seemed similar and bland but this book is unlike anything I have read before. ... READ MORE
Naomi at Chester
Convenience Store Woman
Dark and peculiar
This book was hilarious... until it wasn't. I have no idea how to rate Convenience Store Woman. It's not an uplifting read. It's dark and peculiar and Keik... READ MORE
Carla Bastos
Convenience Store Woman
An unsatisfying read
A strange little book that completely embeds you in the life of its main protagonist, Keiko. Overall I felt that it was slightly lacking in its narrative s... READ MORE
Tabby
Convenience Store Woman
Charmingly Weird and Confidently Different
This is a slim, quirky book, with a simple premise: a 36 year old woman who works in a convenience store cannot conceive herself beyond her job. But this i... READ MORE
Holly at Craigavon
Convenience Store Woman
Superbly Dark and Entertaining, While teaching Important Lessons about Humanity and Normality.
This short novel grabbed my attention from the start. Keiko is at once completely relatable and totally alien. Her story makes you question your own percep... READ MORE
Ellen
Convenience Store Woman
Quirky...
Read this on the recommendation of a couple of work colleagues who have positively raved about this. It contains all the elements of quirky Japanese fictio... READ MORE
Raven88
Convenience Store Woman
Darkly whimsical and offbeat
Keiko is thirty-six and has been working at the same convenience store for eighteen years. Everyone wants her to change: her parents want her to have a bet... READ MORE
Laura McGloughlin
Convenience Store Woman
Charming and unique
A slight read (done in a sitting for me) that will linger with you long afterwards. The main character is unique, adorable but not sugary, and the plot (or... READ MORE
Katie Reid
Convenience Store Woman
A quirky, read-in-one-afternoon book.
Keiko isn’t ‘normal’ and Keiko is just fine about it. It’s everyone around her who insists she wants more from her life than her part time convenience stor... READ MORE
Gemma Dudley
Convenience Store Woman
wacky, quirky - really enjoyable read
Really the blurbs and reviews say it all. Wacky. Funny. Quirky. She starts literally declaring her undivided commitment and sense of purpose to the univers... READ MORE
Myah Rose

Synopsis

*Foyles Fiction Book of the Year 2018*  Offbeat and quirky, this gem of a novel is a treasure to anyone who has ever felt a little odd. Sayaka Murata manages to perfectly balance light humour with a quiet poignancy.

Synopsis

Keiko has never really fitted in. At school and university people find her odd and her family worries she'll never be normal. To appease them, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store. Here, she finds peace and purpose in the simple, daily tasks and routine interactions. She is, she comes to understand, happiest as a convenience store worker. But in Keiko's social circle it just won't do for an unmarried woman to spend all her time stacking shelves and re-ordering green tea. As pressure mounts on Keiko to find either a new job, or worse, a husband, she is forced to take desperate action... A best-seller in Japan, and the winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, Convenience Store Woman marks the English-language debut of a writer who has been hailed as the most exciting voice of her generation. Cover design may vary. Convenience Store Woman comes in three different colours.

  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 9781846276842
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Weight: 130g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm

Customer Reviews

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Convenience Store Woman
Japanese life in store.
A fascinating insight into Japanese life and culture. Like all good reads it shows rather than tells.
Faye
Convenience Store Woman
Irasshaimase!
This brief but beautiful little book contains such a big heart that I just couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I absolutely fell in love with Keiko, ... READ MORE
chris kendle
Convenience Store Woman
Not sure why this gets such high praise
I read this book because of all the high praise surrounding it. It is a slim book and can probably be read in a day. Maybe I was expecting too much but I l... READ MORE
Stephanie Holmes
Convenience Store Woman
Nothing new, but quite a bit more boring than most
Wouldn’t reccomend. Felt like a 300 pages more than it was. Don’t buy it expecting it to be funny and groundbreaking, it will disappoint you.
Ecesu Bozkurt
Convenience Store Woman
Quirky
kind of quirky, rather lovely, a quick read but left me feeling thoughtful
Rebecca  Mitten
Convenience Store Woman
Sayaka Murata has done it again.
I have never physically hated a fictional character much like Shihara, but all I think is 'protect Keiko with the world' - she knows her happiness and it's... READ MORE
Gabrielle
Convenience Store Woman
Unique and Refreshing!
I didn't really know what to expect with this book but I did enjoy this book. Unique characters and refreshing dialogue.
Abbie Vidler
Convenience Store Woman
original and weird
i love the author's style of writing and i've read both her books, i'd start with this one it's beautifully captivating about communism and the world we li... READ MORE
Jess
Convenience Store Woman
Fast paced book
I like how she was just focused on her job of 18 years but I genuinely didn’t like the male character he would belittle her insult her. In the end I just l... READ MORE
Prescilla  Flores
Convenience Store Woman
A Beautiful Short Story
Convenience Store Woman is a fantastic book by Sayaka Murata, and an excellent read and introduction to her work! I loved this book and the way she made Sh... READ MORE
Charlie Ludlow
Convenience Store Woman
Worth the hype!
This book is a really wonderful read. Although it is on the shorter end, it still manages to be incredibly thought-provoking and insightful into societal r... READ MORE
MaryEllen Sugden
Convenience Store Woman
Love!
This was a book I loved! Not only is it a book I would read again but I’d tell everyone I know to read this book. The author Sayaka Murata has done an amaz... READ MORE
Ki
Convenience Store Woman
A short, beautiful, but heartbreaking story.
Keiko has difficulty fitting in. She doesn’t inherently know which emotions to express, or how to express them - taking her cues off the ‘normal people’ a... READ MORE
Ian Payton