Convenience Store Woman
She found sanctuary in a supermarket. Now she's about to lose it.
Keiko isn't normal. At school and university, people find her odd, and her family worries she will never fit in. To make them happy, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store where she finds peace and purpose in simple daily tasks.
But in Keiko's circle it just won't do for an unmarried woma...more
This book is a GEM!!!!! Awe-inspiring writing — irresistible—and weirdly outlandish!
My gosh...I had the best laugh when I discovered that ‘our author’ —-one of Japan’s most exciting contemporary writers—[I AGREE,I AGREE] —‘really’ works as a part time employee in a convenience store. Talk about material for inspira ...more
Keiko was always a little different in her parents’ eyes. When she went to college, she got a job at a local convenience store. She tried her best to fit in by copying the other employees there, from their clothing to their mannerisms. Life passes by, and many years later, Keiko is still working at the convenience store. No one around Keiko is comfortable with her choice to stay there, but she is content...until she tries her best to change.
I don’t know about you, but I never think about convenience stores. (Except, wait, right now I’m thinking about the fact that 7-11s don’t have bathrooms. How is that convenient I want to know.) Convenience stores are all Cheetos and lottery tickets, in and out in a matter of minutes. Hit the road, jack, head on out to your next stop.
Well, when you read this book, the convenience store is front and center. The customers hit the road lickety-split, ...more
“The voice of the convenience store won’t stop flowing through me. I was born to hear this voice.”Offbeat, perky, 36-year-old-virgin Keiko Furukura, a checkout counter gal, has been working at Tokyo's Hiiromachi Station Smile Mart convenience store since she was eighteen. To her family, Keiko was rather a peculiar girl, undeniably an oddball ever since she was a small child. Because her family loves her so much, they wanted to "cure" her and introduce some kind of "normality" in her life. Well ...more
An odd little book with quite eccentric characters
Keiko is the quirky protagonist and she decides that working in a convenience store is both satisfying and provides her with a sense of belonging. She feels very "connected" to the store and its routines and mundane tasks. She doesn't mind this, she thrives and enjoys her job and is a hard worker.
Her family constantly worries that she is "not normal." Society has certain "expectations" and she has chosen not to comply. There is a deep ...more
I feel like there’s a good novel somewhere in Convenience Store Woman but Sayaka Murata didn’t realise it. Her commentary on conformist society and the individual is inane and unoriginal though far worse is her muddled placement of the main charact ...more
Anyone who's ever gone shopping for groceries must have a thing or two to rant about employees. You're late, but still need to nip in to buy that little something before getting to work, yet the shop assistant is taking his/her sweet time chatting about that totally hilarious (you had to be there!) story.
Not Keiko Furukura! After 18 years, she's so well attuned to the sounds of the convenience store, that she can react even to the slightest change in ...more
Originally written in Japanese, Convenience Store Woman on the surface is a story about Keiko Furukura, a woman whose own parents labeled "a strange child." Slow to develop, Keiko's parents were worried about her ability to "fit in" and be a "normal" adult. They wish for Keiko to have a "real job" and a boyfriend. However, Keiko loves her job at the convenience store and her only wor ...more
Odd, fascinating, funny, sad....trying to sum this one is difficult. A short story that I listened to via audio, which took about 3 hours in total. I'm not sure how I heard about this one but ended up grabbing it for my Japanese reading quest I have this year.
Keiko works in a Japanese convenience store. She's a bit odd. She's smart, but it sometimes appears she has issues functioning in society. But she thrives while working at the convenience store. She gets a job there and stays for ...more
Convenience Store Woman was an odd book. Not a bad book, but definitely odd. Set in Tokyo and translated from Japanese, it features a women in her mid 30s who has been working in a convenience store for her whole adult life. Through her eyes, we understand that she is not meeting social expectations by not being married and by not having a higher status job. But it is also evident that her sense of who she is and who she wants to be does not beat to the drum of social expectations. Thin ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It comes out 12 June, 2018.
What a strange and quirky little book this is! This is a kind of Japanese version of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. I love to read contemporary books set in different cultures and this is one, set in Tokyo, is ideal! Can I just say, American convenience stores have a long way to go to live up to Japanese stores in terms of cleanliness, well-trained and friendly staff, etc etc!!
Keiko Furukura is hopelessly out-of-step with societal expectations of women. In a culture that values c ...more
I thought I was just in for some fun, light reading, but this novel turned out to be so much more than I had anticipated. Sayaka Murata’s prestigious Akutagawa Prize-winning novel, “Convenience Store Woman” is a compulsively readable, profound, funny, eye-opening, and refreshing novel that examines the meaning of conformi ...more
I must admit I would have never targeted this book to read had someone on Goodreads not recommended it. It kind of flies under the radar by its unassuming cover, but is actually quite thought-provoking.
This is a story about a young Japanese woman named Keiko who has been working part-time at a 24-hour convenience store since the age of 18. She is now 36. Her parents, friends, and society itself has ...more
The story follows Keiko Furukura, a 36-year-old, part-time convenience store employee. The people in her life have always thought she is a little odd, and yet they are perplexed by her seeming inability to move beyond what is seen as a temporary life stage. Keiko, on the other hand, doesn't know why anyone should care that she ...more
Growing up Keiko struggled with no friends and was the victim of constant bullying. More co ...more
One of my 2018 reading goals was to read more books by asian authors and about asian culture, so this book was perfect for that.
I've seen Convenience Store Woman being compared to Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman and while I do see the resemblance, I don't necessarily agree with the comparison.
Eleanor Oliphant was definitely a quirky character (my favorite kind) but I was able to relate to Eleanor on a deep emotional level, while Keiko from Conveni ...more
Convenience Store Woman follows Keiko, a 36 year old Japanese woman who seems to have slipped the social ‘norms’ by working as a part time convenience store clerk for the past 18 years. She has no husband, no desire to change her job, and is shunned by a society who deem her behaviour odd, and at worst, disturbing. She speaks at times as though she’s embodying the convenience store, as though it speaks through her, and often describes herself as only truely feeling like ...more
Maybe something was lost in translation here. Either that, or the blurb for the book really over promised. The message of this book seems to be that ...more
We have an awkward 36 years old woman, who is working at this convenience store for the past 18 years. She never had a boyfriend, nor other job than this. As a child, she was different than the rest, to the point her parents took her to a psychologist. She used to think out of the box, being pragmatic and with a practical ...more
Sono tutte quelle risposte, quegli atteggiamenti e/o stili di vita che non seguono le regole della massa.
Seppur non siano scritte da nessuna parte sono regole che hanno il peso di leggi incise nella pietra e che condannano chiunque non si adegui.
Furukura Keiko, protagonista di questo acclamato racconto, convive con la pietra al collo dell’anormalità fin da bambina. Crescendo le cose non migliorano. Furukura non ...more