Keiko has found her calling in life: she was made to be a convenience store worker. She loves the repetition, the predictability, and the guidelines on the precise way to bow, smile, and greet each customer. This is a strange, bold novel with a fascinatingly weird and endearing main character - like the weirder sibling of Eleanor Oliphant and Don Tillman (The Rosie Project), but living in a society that doesn’t tolerate any deviance from the social norm. I loved it.
- Recommended by Aoife Roantree, Dubray Stillorgan
Keiko has never really fitted in. At school and university people find her odd and her family worries she'll never be normal. To appease them, Keiko takes a job at a newly opened convenience store. Here, she finds peace and purpose in the simple, daily tasks and routine interactions. She is, she comes to understand, happiest as a convenience store worker. But in Keiko's social circle it just won't do for an unmarried woman to spend all her time stacking shelves and re-ordering green tea. As pressure mounts on Keiko to find either a new job, or worse, a husband, she is forced to take desperate action...
A best-seller in Japan, and the winner of the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, Convenience Store Woman marks the English-language debut of a writer who has been hailed as the most exciting voice of her generation.