Keiko is 36 years old. She's never had a boyfriend, and she's been working in the same supermarket for eighteen years.
Keiko's family wishes she'd get a proper job. Her friends wonder why she won't get married.
But Keiko knows what makes her happy, and she's not going to let anyone come between her and her convenience store...
*Convenience Store Woman comes in three different colours; the colour you receive will be chosen at random*
'Exhilaratingly weird and funny ... Unsettling and totally unpredictable - my copy is now heavily underlined'--Sally Rooney,Guardian
'A sure-fire hit of the summer... quirky and profound'--Irish Times
'For literary refreshment, try the playful, artful Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata'--Observer
'[A] short, deadpan gem... This is a true original'--Daily Mail
'from this dark and delightful [novel] springs a feminist rallying cry: trust yourself'--Emerald Street
'Murata's fascinating Convenience Store Woman, a tale about a happy misfit that's equal parts wily and disquieting'--'Best Summer Books' selected by Lisa McInerney, Irish Times
'I picked up this novel on a trip to Japan and couldn't put it down. A haunting, dark, and often hilarious take on society's expectations of the single woman. As an extra bonus, it totally transformed my experience of going to convenience stores in Tokyo'--Elif Bautman, author of The Idiot
'A darkly comic novel'--'Best Summer Books', Observer
'Poignant, darkly comic and wonderfully uplifting, this novel will resonate with anyone who has ever felt out of kilter with the world around them'--'Summer Reads',Herald
'This novel made me laugh. It was the first time for me to laugh in this way: it was absurd, comical, cute... audacious, and precise. It was overwhelming'--Hiromi Kawakami, author of Strange Weather in Tokyo
'Convenience Store Woman is a gem of a book. Quirky, deadpan, poignant, and quietly profound, it is a gift to anyone who has ever felt at odds with the world - and if we were truly being honest, I suspect that would be most of 'us''--Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being
'An offbeat, tongue-in-cheek read... a tale of finding one's own path to happiness'--Skinny
'The compelling English-language debut from Sayaka Murata ... enthralling'--Book Oxygen
'When the protagonist [of Convenience Store Woman], a social outcast, is placed within the box of the artificially normalized convenience store, we begin to vividly see the strangeness of the people in the world outside'--Yoko Ogawa, author of The Housekeeper and the Professor
'What a weird and wonderful and deeply satisfying book this is. Sayaka Murata is an utterly unique and revolutionary voice. I tore through Convenience Store Woman with great delight'--Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins
'I was really amazed by Convenience Store Woman and the particular reality it exquisitely portrays... I am sincerely delighted that such a novel has come into being'--Ryu Murakami, author of In the Miso Soup
'Convenience Store Woman is snarky and tender. It shows a woman trying to puzzle out how to be normal. This brilliant book will resonate with all of us who find life a little strange'--Rowan Hisayo Buchanen, author of Harmless Like You