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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman (original 2016; edition 2018)

by Sayaka Murata (Author), Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator)

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Title:Convenience Store Woman
Authors:Sayaka Murata (Author)
Other authors:Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator)
Info:Grove Press (2018), Edition: First English Edition, First Printing, 176 pages
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Tags:fiction, Japan

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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (Author) (2016)

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This was utterly charming on audio - I loved the way the narrator voiced the main character, especially at work in the convenience store, where her chipper, can-do voice never ceased to make me giggle affectionately. (And listening to it at 1.5 speed made it even better.) From the publisher description I had some misgiving that this novel would be heavy on the the quirky and heartwarming, and maybe have a romantic subplot, but happily for me, the author went in a much better direction. I didn't like [b:The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry|18293427|The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry|Gabrielle Zevin|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1404582137s/18293427.jpg|25694131] or [b:The Rosie Project|16181775|The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)|Graeme Simsion|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1371651741s/16181775.jpg|22084678], two other books with quirky, on-the-spectrum characters, but this one hit the right spot for me. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
This remarkable novel features Keiko, a singular woman in her 30s who has carved out a constricted life she would relish if it wasn't for everyone else. She's been a contented “freeter”(a Japanese term for the intentionally underemployed), a part-time clerk in a convenience store for eighteen years, but Japanese society in the form of disapproving and frustrated friends and family cannot understand her complete lack of interest in men, marriage, family, and a "real" job. Keiko's recitation of disturbing childhood events indicate that she is somewhere on the autism spectrum, and although the reader will also fight their own impulse to scorn the limitations of her insular world, there's much to admire in her ability to carve out a niche. When she makes a momentous decision to take in a former co-worker, a disgusting man, a leech who is also unable to cope with societal pressures, everyone in Keiko’s life who had been uncomfortable with her unusual lifestyle is delighted. This short novel, published in a small format, can be read in a few sittings and is a large window into difficult Japanese lives in general, and how Keiko admirably battles to carve out her own unusual path.

Quote: “The sensation that the world is slowly dying feels good.” ( )
  froxgirl | Mar 4, 2019 |
A quirky short novel about a 36-year-old woman who works in a convenience store. She's not "normal" by society's standards and has a hard time understanding the expectations of others and has no desire to follow a traditional path. In a small way it reminded me of Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener".

“The normal world has no room for exceptions and always quietly eliminates foreign objects. Anyone who is lacking is disposed of. So that’s why I need to be cured. Unless I’m cured, normal people will expurgate me.” ( )
  bookworm12 | Feb 28, 2019 |
Convenience Store Woman is the tale of a woman who has always struggled to fit in with societal norms, but has found her place in the world of convenience store work. She is constantly faced with other people's judgements of what is and isn't normal for a single woman of her age (which, coincidentally, is the same as mine!). She hopes this will end when she starts living with another social misfit, but things don't go quite as they both intend.

I absolutely loved this novel - it's hilarious in places, but also quite sad because Keiko isn't allowed by others to simply live her life the way that suits her best. It has a lot to say about societal expectations of both women and men who don't go into a high-flying job and/or get married and have children, and about how these expectations can have consequences when you don't listen to the people you're trying to foist them on to.

The writing (and therefore also the translation) is fantastic, with some wonderful observations of how we mimic others’ speech and behaviour in an attempt to fit in, mixed with some of Keiko's somewhat darker thoughts and memories. I would be very interested to read more of Sayaka Murata's work. ( )
  mooingzelda | Feb 25, 2019 |
Keiko loves the daily rhythms of her part-time job at her local convenience store, so much so that at 36 years old, she has never wanted to do anything else. When an unprepossessing but available man comes into her life, her family and coworkers breathe a sigh of relief that Keiko might finally get married and lead a life more in line with societal expectations. But our unlikely heroine can't leave the store behind. This brief novel is a delight through and through. ( )
  akblanchard | Feb 2, 2019 |
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In Sayaka Murata’s “Convenience Store Woman,” a small, elegant and deadpan novel from Japan, a woman senses that society finds her strange, so she culls herself from the herd before anyone else can do it. She becomes an anonymous, long-term employee of the Hiiromachi Station Smile Mart, a convenience store, a kiosk for her floating soul...“Convenience Store Woman” has touched a chord in Japan, where it has sold close to 600,000 copies....I have mixed feelings about “Convenience Store Woman,” but there is no doubt that it is a thrifty and offbeat exploration of what we must each leave behind to participate in the world.
Not all novel titles manage so very literally to describe the contents, but this one – unapologetically deadpan yet enticingly comic – absolutely does...This, Murata’s 10th novel, has been a big hit both in Japan and worldwide, and it isn’t hard to see why. It’s not flawless: Shiraha seems to be more of a plot enabler than fully realised character and, though Murata’s gloriously nutty deadpan prose and even more nuttily likable narrator are irresistible, I’d have liked more on her latent psychopathic streak...But these are minor quibbles and perhaps even missing the point. For it’s the novel’s cumulative, idiosyncratic poetry that lingers, attaining a weird, fluorescent kind of beauty all of its own.. The book’s title is more than perfect, for this, you soon realise, is a love story. Keiko’s love story: the convenience is all hers.

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The English-language debut of one of Japan's most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura.

Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of "Smile Mart," she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction — many are laid out line by line in the store's manual — and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a "normal" person excellently, more or less. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action...

A brilliant depiction of a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures we all feel to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.

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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?… (more)

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