A bestseller in Japan and the winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, Murata’s eighth novel in Japanese, marks her English-language debut and she’s been hailed as the most exciting voice of her generation.
Therein lies the problem. Keiko is now 35 and, in the constraints of her social circle, it just won’t do for an unmarried, childless woman to spend her life stacking shelves and reordering green tea, a job ordinarily performed by part-time students. Friends and family pressure her to seek therapy, find a new job or, best of all, a husband.
Keiko couldn’t be any more unconventional when it comes to the expectations of the contemporary Japanese female. Convenience Store Woman is a mini-masterpiece of intimacy, a revelation at hand.
Read and relish the love story of the century — a compelling marriage of convenience.