A wonderfully subtle, quirky story about the expectations placed on women to marry, have a family and, if neither of those, then at least to have a career! Keiko is different in that she enjoys the stability and structure that comes from working at a convenience store. She is one of their best workers and is recognized and praised for her consistency and focus on being an ideal employee. However, her friends and family don't understand her or how she could be happy with her life. When Keiko ends up with a live-in boyfriend, she has to figure out the right way forward in her life that will continue to bring her joy. Keiko is a lovable and memorable character living on her terms; a timely, unique story.
“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
A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.