Rebels tend to be outlandish, extroverted, opinionated, and brassy. 36-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
Mike was right. I loved this quirky short novel from Sayaka Murata, a much needed new voice in contemporary Japanese fiction. What is a convenience store worker? What is a human being? Murata's protagonist, Keiko Furukura, wonders if the two are not actually mutually exclusive. I read this in one sitting, so did Mike. Short. Profound. You just might have trouble putting it down too. — Josh Cohen-Peyton
A refreshing take on questioning society's expectations and understanding what it means to be content with what one already has. Although most readers will not assume that they can empathize with the unusual main character, Murata finds a way to make you realize that you're not so different from the convenience store woman after all. — Laura Knapp
“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 sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures we all feel to conform, Convenience Store Woman offers a brilliant depiction of a world hidden from view and a charming and fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.