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Keiko Furukura is completely fine

Cover of Convenience Store Woman
A review of Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Sayaka Murata’s slim novel Convenience Store Woman is the Tokyo-set tale of self-described “foreign object” Keiko Furukura, a loner in her mid-30s who does not quite fit in with or understand the society around her, yet excels in her role as a konbini employee.

Murata’s themes and her oddball protagonist are similar to last year’s big lit hit, Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (available now as a Too Good To Miss title). Even so, Murata’s is a wholly original story, with its own thought-provoking musings on what normal behavior and happiness can look like, despite the expectations of family and peers.

A bit cheeky, a bit dark, and brimming with surprises, Convenience Store Woman is a completely fine novel indeed.

September 11, 2018