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Convenience store woman : a novel

Author: 村田沙耶香, 1979- author. ; Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, ©2018 [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Grove Atlantic hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Murata, Sayaka, 1979-
Convenience store woman.
New York : Grove Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017054716
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 村田沙耶香, 1979- author. ; Sayaka Murata; Ginny Tapley Takemori
ISBN: 9780802128256 0802128254
OCLC Number: 1005564733
Language Note: In English, translated from the Japanese.
Notes: "June 2018"--Title page verso.
Description: 163 pages ; 19 cm
Other Titles: Conbini ningen.
Responsibility: Sayaka Murata ; translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori.

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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? 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 Keiko's 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 Amélie ."--

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