This translated novel is the best possible combination of a Kafka-esque premise and Japanese-style concise storytelling. Don't be fooled by the cute cover - the story starts off quirky but takes a dystopian turn as workplace drama sparks questions about normality.— Cece
POV: I'm nearing my 40s, I've worked in the same convenience store my entire life and everybody's upset about it except for me. A quirky and beautiful read on somebody's case for simple happiness.— Maria S
Have you ever thought about new shelf layout while at home? Felt jealous you'd missed out on a product delivery? Or gone shopping and fixed a different stores displays? Then you hear the voice of the convenience store and this book is for you. Peek inside the life of Keiko, an 18 year retail veteran, who is a convenience store worker through and through, leading to some peculiar life choices...— Kasey
“Keiko Furukura has worked at her local convenience store for 18 years. Every day, she ensures that the shelves are tidy, the hot food bar is stocked, and the featured items are adequately displayed. She greets every customer with a cheerful ‘Irasshaimase!’ and no one notices that she’s never fit in anywhere else. Murata draws lush descriptions of the beauty of order and routine out of simple, spare prose, and every page crackles with the life she’s created. Because of the humor, the wit, the almost unbearable loveliness of it all, Convenience Store Woman, a small book about a quiet life, makes an enormous impact on the reader.”
— Lauren Peugh, Powell's Books, Portland, OR
“Rebels tend to be outlandish, extroverted, opinionated, and brassy. Thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura, working half her life in a convenience store, defies expectations, spurns relationships, irritates her family, ignores social pressures, and inadvertently—and joyously—flips rebellion on its head.”
— Mike Hare, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.