"A short yet hugely impactful story somewhat inspired by the author still working part-time in a convenience store! Murata is a Japanese writer, but Convenience Store Woman, her English debut, may be one of the most poignant, relevant looks at unstable identity colliding with the role of low-wage jobs. What is 'normal,' and what does it mean to be shaped by 'normalized' exploitation? Murata truly has a way of tapping into what many of us are thinking, in a beautiful novel of less than 200 pages."
The English-language debut of an exciting young voice in international fiction, selling 660,000 copies in Japan alone, Convenience Store Woman is a bewitching portrayal of contemporary Japan through the eyes of a single woman who fits into the rigidity of its work culture only too well.