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Already an international bestseller, this story of a Japanese Eleanor Oliphant is a moving, quirkily funny exploration of a life less ordinary and one of our bookseller’s favourite books of 2018.
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.
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 175 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 10 mm
'Murata's gloriously nutty deadpan prose and even more nuttily likable narrator are irresistible.' - The Observer
'A haunting, dark, and often hilarious take on society's expectations of the single woman' - Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot
'A sure-fire hit of the summer... quirky [and] profound' - Irish Times
'A new book from an incredible woman... from this dark and delightful [novel] springs a feminist rallying cry: trust yourself' - Emerald Street
'An offbeat, tongue-in-cheek read... a tale of finding one's own path to happiness' - Skinny
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