Convenience store woman by Sayaka Murata

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  • Social life and customs,
  • FICTION / Contemporary Women,
  • Man-woman relationships,
  • Manners and customs,
  • FICTION / Literary,
  • Fiction

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Store worker Keiko, the perfect employee, is happy with her life. When family and coworkers pressure her to marry and find a proper profession, her world is upended. Will it be for the better?

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Book details

StatementSayaka Murata ; translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori
ContributionsTakemori, Ginny Tapley, translator, Wu, Nancy, narrator
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPL873.U73 C6613 2018ab
The Physical Object
Format[sound recording] /
Pagination3 audio discs (3 1/2 hr.)
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26967306M
ISBN 109781538555606
OCLC/WorldCa1039545540

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Convenience Store Woman Sayaka Murata, (, U.S.) Grove Atlantic pp. ISBN Summary Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world.

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“The most mundane moments in Convenience Store Woman are possessed by a weird, marvelous momentum.”. Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman, which won Japan’s Akutagawa Prize, is a novel about work—both the paid labor its female protagonist Keiko performs in her job at a convenience store chain in Tokyo, as well as the emotional labor she.

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© Sayaka Murata (P) Sayaka Murata. Critic Reviews. In her popular novel, Convenience Store Woman, Japanese author Sayaka Murata tells the story of Keiko Furukura, a worker at an unnamed convenience store who is struggling to find a place in a.

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. Synopsis: “Tokyo resident Keiko Furukara has never fit in – neither in her family, nor in school – but when at the age of 18 she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of national convenience store chain Smile Mart, she realizes instantly that she has found her purpose in life.

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Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi. "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.".

Sayaka Murata is the author of many books, including Convenience Store Woman, winner of Japan's most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize. She used to work part-time in a convenience store, which inspired this novel.

Murata has been named a Freeman's "Future of New Writing" author, and her work has appeared in Granta and elsewhere. Sayak a Mu rata is one of Japan’s most exciting contemporary writers. She still works part time in a convenience store, which was the inspiration to write Convenience Store Woman, her English-language debut and winner of one of Japan’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Akutagawa was named a Freeman’s “Future of New Writing” author, and her.

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For her part, she finds a predictable world in the. Book Name: Convenience Store Woman. Author: Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translator) Genre: Fiction – Drama.

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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 is a small book about a quiet life that makes an enormous impact on the reader.

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Describe Keiko Furukura. Talk about the various aspects of her behavior that make her an oddball. Convenience Store Woman (Book): Murata, Sayaka: "Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, they are delighted for her.

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Published by Grove Press, New York. ISBN Bib Id Edition First American hardcover edition. Description. CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN by Sayaka Murata is not a thriller or a political novel or even a sprawling multigenerational saga. Instead, it’s a slim, spare and difficult-to-define little book, both very funny and achingly sad in turns, told from the point of view of a woman who’s trying to find her place in the world.

Convenience Store Woman (Book): Murata, Sayaka: Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, and her parents always worried how she would get on in the real world, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, they are delighted for her. For her part, in the convenience store she finds a predictable world mandated by the .

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