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Convenience Store Woman
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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 societys 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 Keikos contented stasisbut will it be for the better? Sayaka Murata brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the familiar convenience store that is so much part of life in Japan. With some laugh-out-loud moments prompted by the disconnect between Keikos thoughts and those of the people around her, she provides a sharp look at Japanese society and the pressure to conform, as well as penetrating insights into the female mind. Convenience Store Woman is a fresh, charming portrait of an unforgettable heroine that recalls Banana Yoshimoto, Han Kang, and Amlie.
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TheBookgeekFrau
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So cute!! 🩷🩵🤍 2mo
Eggs Great choice 👏🏻 2mo
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Billypar
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One of my very favorite kinds of character-driven novels. Murata's title character describes her difficulty relating to other people and how her work in a convenience store became a sort of salvation for her. Many novels would lead someone like this towards making some kind of first-time human connection, but Murata shows how much more interesting it can be to get to know this person instead of portraying her lifestyle as a problem to solve.

Cathythoughts Great review. I recently read and enjoyed this one. I‘d like to read more by this writer 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
batsy Great point about presenting her as a problem to solve. That's what made this unique. She also resists the "redemption" angle. 2mo
Billypar @Cathythoughts Yeah, this was my first of hers, but I definitely want to read more. 2mo
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Billypar @batsy Yeah, I love how it's free of all the usual tropes. And how many literary novels are out there where the lead is truly self-fulfilled right from the start? 2mo
Aimeesue Nice review. I‘ve had this on my Kindle for a while and will have to move it up - so tired of every MC seen as needing to be “fixed.” Currently reading Sherry Thomas‘ Sherlockian series, starting with A Study in Scarlet Women, which has a similar MC. Brilliant, really. Shouldn‘t feel revolutionary, yet somehow it does. 2mo
Billypar @Aimeesue I haven't read that series, but the Sherlock character in central is a good parallel to Murata's Keiko since both are bewildered by societal norms but follow their own passion and unique skill set with great success. No disrespect to Dostoevsky, but this would be the exact sort of novel I would want after Brothers Karamazov: a quick read with a narrow first-person perspective. 2mo
Reggie Awww I felt so bad for her when she couldn‘t hear the store anymore. I loved this book. 2mo
Aimeesue @Billypar Ha! I‘m gonna need a brain relaxing book after TBK! Single perspective would be great after all the chaos. 2mo
Billypar @Reggie I remember your glowing review, and it's stuck in my mind as one I needed to try ever since. So thanks for that! 2mo
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TalesandTexts
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There is art, science and soul that goes into running a convenience store.

Keiko is a loveable - albeit frustrating - character. You root for her, but can‘t help being annoyed with her for some of the whacky decisions she takes.

Shiraha - the resident incel - really gets on your nerves.

This book was a powerful introduction into the way patriarchy functions and expresses itself in Japan.

Both the translation and narration were great.

Cathythoughts Nice review. I really enjoyed this book. 👍🏻 2mo
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shantireads11
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Heartwarming, relatable, beautifully written and translated. Always love a book that changes my perspective of the world… and this one did so in under 200 pages! #onedayread #mycupoftea

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Cathythoughts
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A short , quirky book that I couldn‘t put down once I started it. A real snapshot of a real life .. I loved our mc .. It‘s one I‘ll be thinking about.

TheBookgeekFrau I still think about it. So quirky, and yet so good. 2mo
Cathythoughts @TheBookgeekFrau Yes indeed. It‘s one to remember 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
batsy Glad you liked it, Cathy! So true @TheBookgeekFrau it's a book that I can't forget. 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy Such a good book. I won‘t forget it either. X 2mo
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anushareflects
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A quirky tale of a woman whose life‘s mission and purpose is to be a convenience store worker. An indictment of Japanese (and Asian) cultures which value marriage and motherhood over career for women; and only ever particular types of careers over others. A strange and phenomenal tale of being yourself against all odds and against society‘s harsh judgments. Performance on audible is truly fantastic. A memorable read!

SamAnne A beautiful book that packs a lot into a short novel. 3mo
anushareflects @SamAnne completely agree! 3mo
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aimee23
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1/12. Amazing how it shows us that no matter how monotonous one‘s life is, it‘s important because it gives your days structure. I really enjoyed this book! Such an easy read. Also, it‘s a bonus that I love Japan and been there twice already, so the convenience store life there is something that I have experienced. It also spoke to me that it‘s ok to not follow societal norms. Bought at 1/6/24 ❤️

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TheBookgeekFrau
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@TieDyeDude - here are my thoughts on this book

A bizarre little book, but damn, I really rather liked it.

At its heart it's saying it's ok to march to the beat of your own drummer. It's about the feeling of peace when finding where you fit and finally being able to say, 'This is who I am and I'm good with that.'

4/62
#BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

#MountTBR #ReadAway2024 @Andrew65 @DieAReader @GHABI4ROSES

DieAReader 🥳Great! (edited) 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I kind of felt the same way about this book! 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau @CoffeeNBooks It was such a perfect book at the perfect time and offered up a quiet calming place for me to escape to 4mo
bthegood Glad you enjoyed it - similar feelings as you when I read it - 🙂 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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TheBookgeekFrau
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"A convenience store is a world of sound."

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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TheBookgeekFrau
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KadaGul @TheBookgeekFrau I started to read this book 📖 for Library Challenge. But u couldn't finish. It went sooooo slow. Like if this book 📖 was in a race w/ a snail 🐌 , Snail 🐌 will be a winner 🏆 for sure #SNOOZEFEST #BAIL #CNF 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau @KadaGul I can see your point. But I'm actually enjoying the MC's mindfulness and appreciation of her job. It's exactly the kind of read I need right now. 4mo
TieDyeDude I'm interested in what you think. I enjoyed it, but it was strange. 4mo
TheBookgeekFrau @TieDyeDude It is strange lol - I'm not disliking so far, so we'll see 😁 4mo
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stimmlos
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interesting concept, quick read, unlikeable characters done in an enjoyable way

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TugstenDragon
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This is kinda of a boring book at first, but the more you start thinking about it, the more interesting I think it is. There has been multiple times in my everyday life where I feel like I am confronted by themes and messages in the book, it‘s been pretty eye opening.

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lumbricuslibri
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🤯 OH MY GODS I love this. 😂

dabbe Look at da sleepy kitty! 🖤🐾🖤 10mo
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MysticFaerie
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4⭐️/5⭐️

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Acoleman
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This was a quirky and sweet little novel.

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ReadingOver50
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A really cute novella following the life of Keiko and she works at the Smile Mart near her home. Everyone thinks she is weird because she is 36 and unmarried.

This is a story of how Keiko tried to fit in, but eventually learns how to live as she pleases. It was sad how Keiko knows she doesn't fit in, but doesn't exactly know why. Her personality is just different from the norm, and society has a hard time accepting this. I enjoyed reading this.

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Scochrane26
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I didn‘t read this when it was first released. Now, I‘m pretty sure I‘m going on a trip to Japan in 2025, which is a place I never thought I would go, but I always want to travel if I have an opportunity. I listened to a podcast (Strong Sense of Place) about Japan, & this book was recommended.
I loved this book, did the audio version. I kept rooting for the MC to keep working at the store & ignore all the traditional roles.

SamAnne Loved this book as well. My parents lived in Japan in the 60s before I was born. I‘ve always wanted to travel there. 12mo
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TieDyeDude
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This is tough to rate. The story overall was good. A middle aged woman just wants to be left alone living her life as a low-level convenience store worker, but her community keeps trying to force her to wed or get a "real" job. There were a few points, though, where it got weird. Like when she imagines killing a crying baby to keep it quiet. I could almost see this adapted as a very quiet, slow burn monster movie. Very strange, but well written

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ju.ca.no
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I have enjoyed this one a lot! I found the main character very likable and felt sorry for her and and angry with everyone else for the way they treated her. It‘s about Keiko, who has been working in a convenience store every since school and absolutely loves it. There she understands how to behave, how to act, while outside the store‘s manual she doesn‘t know how to be „normal“ (as everone else calls it). 5/5🌟

SamAnne I loved this one! 12mo
ju.ca.no @SamAnne it was so good!! 12mo
SamAnne @ju.ca.no I now want to read more women Japanese authors. I can‘t bear Murakami. 12mo
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ju.ca.no @SamAnne oh I love Murakami🙊 but I also loved: Hiromi Kawakami or Banana Yoshimoto :) and I‘ve just started (and am liking it so far): (edited) 12mo
E.Bolhafner That sounds so good! 12mo
ju.ca.no @E.Bolhafner it‘s a really quick and compelling read! 12mo
BiblioLitten I loved this one! 12mo
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ju.ca.no
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The next one of the way too many books I have ordered before book depository closed down has arrived🥰 and I‘m starting it right away🫶🏽 I had my eyes on this one for so long!

SamAnne Loved it! 13mo
Megabooks Loved this! 13mo
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booksandsympathy
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There were definitely some things I enjoyed about this book. I liked the main character and the commentary about society and the way it looks at people who are different. Also how it looks at retail workers. I was annoyed with everyone else in the book and the main character's "solution" to how to fit in better was horrible. I'm glad she decided to stay true to herself in the end. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Moll
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I loved this; I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did to be honest! Keiko is such a lush character - I really valued getting a little insight into her brain & she is the most perfect convenience store woman

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booksandsympathy
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Started this audiobook on my way to work this morning. I already recognize certain things from my time in retail. Some things are universal.

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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join in if you want!

#ABookADay2023

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readers_attic
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Life has a manual & it's engrained in all our brains. But if we choose not to follow those instructions & decide to lead life on your own terms you become "abnormal". Story of such an abnormal lady.

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JacintaMCarter
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#2023Book3
I really got into this story and my heart broke for the main female character. But I was furious at the main male character and the other characters who encouraged his behavior. I know this story is fiction, but the way he treated her felt way too real to life.

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Night_Reader
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$1.89 on Kindle! What a bargain!!! Grab it if you have a Kindle! Great book.

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Kazzie
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What a strange book! I was so delighted by the ending - she shook of the nasty lazy man and lived her truth!

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Lieh
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I did not dislike this book.

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Bookworm54
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This was a quick read about a 36 yr old woman, who has been working in a convenience store for 18 years. Friends and family begin to worry because she is in a part time job, isn‘t married, and hasn‘t even dated.

Overall I enjoyed this, despite not really liking any characters! I have a lot of jumbled thoughts I won‘t bore you with 😂
I think the main message for me is living the life you want even if it doesn‘t fit with societal norms.

Bookworm54 I think you sent me this book @Mrs_B ? I‘m so behind on my tbr I am losing track 😂 2y
Mrs_B @Bookworm54 possibly. I‘m glad you liked it! 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#WomenInTranslation
An interesting look at societal norms and how one woman tries to fit in and what she would lose and gain.
The overall writing was a bit too sparse for me, and I had some anxiety with her new friend but I appreciate how the book takes on expectations.

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#lettergame #letterC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

One of the many books I am reading this month for Women in Translation, I just started today and am already in love with the writing.

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underground_bks
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This brief, quirky, and potent novella about a woman who doesn‘t fit in anywhere but at the convenience store she‘s worked part time at for 18 years had me alternately laughing, cringing, and cheering, and ultimately left me reflecting on how radical it is to live authentically and the beauty of the vast array of ways living authentically can look like.

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Booksbymybed
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I loved this story of an unconventional life, honest choices and ultimate belonging. It was absolutely charming.

melissajayne Read it a couple years ago and loved it as well. 2y
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tjwill
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Keiko Furukura has never felt like she fit in, except in her job as a convenience store worker. In the store, she knows the cues and feels the rhythm. In all other aspects of life, she just does what she thinks people expect of her. This is a quick read that makes human interaction into a satire.

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Jilly6183
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I lived in Japan for 2 years so I am very familiar with the “konbini” and it made me homesick (if you can be homesick for a place you only lived briefly). Anyway, I loved this little novella about finding where you belong despite societal expectation.

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AbstractMonica
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This was a unique, little story of Keiko Furukura- A woman who worked at a convenience store for over 18 years, only to appear as a functioning member of society. It was an interesting and quirky read that I devoured in one sitting.

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AbstractMonica
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Diving right into this short novel I picked up at B&N today :)

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she.hearts.horror
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🥳🥳🥳

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she.hearts.horror
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So much said using so little. 🖤🖤🖤🖤

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unreal
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A great short book about the pressure to conform and self-discovery and having the strength to choose what makes you happy.

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mija333
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As a 35 year old unmarried woman with no children I felt a deep sense of connection with Keiko. Repelling against all of society‘s expectations of us. And not by choice. For me, no matter how hard I tried I could never find a partner. Now of course I am too old. It is too late for her and for me.

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mija333
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She‘s far happier thinking her sister is normal, even if she has a lot of problems, than she is having an abnormal sister for whom everything is fine.

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It is the start of another day, the time when the world wakes up and the cogs of society begin to move. I am one of those cogs, going round and round.

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Sydneypaige
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As a commentary on work culture, relationships, and capitalist society as a whole, this is brilliant. The characters felt uncomfortable to me at times and cringy, but I imagine that‘s intentional by the author to support the commentary. Main character is brilliant and aware and so literal it hurt sometimes but I still adored her!

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Mirazzles
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Wow. I don‘t quite know what to think about this one. I guess that‘s a sign of a good story.

EvieBee Right?! Not the ending you expected? But kinda perfect? 2y
Mirazzles @EvieBee exactly! I wasn‘t disappointed at all. I‘m still thinking about it haha 🤔 2y
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Shievad
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Very fast read. Shows the absurdity of society‘s rules and norms.

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Mirazzles
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I can‘t seem to choose just one book lately. Ive had several library holds come in on Libby, and I just can‘t make up my mind. So far, this one is quite interesting!