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    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. Delighted to be able to exist in a place where the rules of social interaction are crystal clear (many are laid out line-by-line in the store's manual), Keiko does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and mode of speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a "normal" person excellently, more or less.

    Keiko is the perfect employee - never late, always worrying about how to maximize sales, brilliantly conscientious, and highly energetic. Managers come and go but Keiko remains at the store for 18 years. It's almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. At 36, Keiko is very happy in her life, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, pressure her to settle down with a man and to find a proper profession. Eventually, she is pushed to make a huge change. The static world of Keiko is upended - but will it be for the better?

    A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and an extraordinary world, Convenience Store Woman is both an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.

    ©2018 Sayaka Murata and Ginny Tapley Takemori (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 21/06/2019

    cute, and quirky

    It was an easy listen. Something you can listen to as you wash dishes or do choirs. The book itself was rather quirky. Two strange people find themselves and try to pull of being normal humans and abide by society rules. You sympathize with the protagonist and also are happy with how she herself knows were she belongs.

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    • D.R.
    • 10/04/2019

    Am amazing and different story

    I wasn't sure about this book at first but the description gave it promise. the story was so much better than I thought. for a short story I was so engaged that I was even getting angry with one of the characters lol. I don't know enough about autism or people of the spectrum to say that the main character is but she does sound like descriptions I have heard about people that are. definitely give it listen. the narrator was so good with the different voices!!!

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    • Louise
    • 07/08/2018

    So good

    Easy listening from the point of view of a woman with asperger syndrome. I love the book and the look into Japanese culture especially regarding single women. I especially love the ending.

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    • Pamela
    • 01/03/2019

    Unusual and entertaining novella

    This book is unlike anything I'd listened to before. It seems to fit the trend of books with quirky, somewhat unlikable narrators who appear to be on the spectrum and who learn to connect to the world, like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or Britt-Marie Was Here. Yet this narrator is stranger and does nothing to ingratiate herself to readers. Perhaps because of this, she is a more interesting, and the setting of the Japanese convenience store adds to the overall sense of delving into a very particular world. The narrator does a great job bringing this character to life, and I felt transported by the story. I recommend this for the novelty of it, particularly for readers interested in contemporary Japan.

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    • BK Littman
    • 29/06/2019

    A Round Egg Can Be Made Square...

    This is a very short book. I think most of the reviews are longer! I waited to write my review because Convenience Store Woman ended and it seemed to be unfinished. I feel differently now. That was the point. The entire book is about making a round egg square which is an unending task by its very nature. Making a round egg square is something that can be achieved in appearance but not in lasting reality. The darkness in Convenience Store Woman comes from exaggerating and expanding the pressure society places on people to fill specific roles and exhibit certain behaviors. The author presents us with a duality. Early in the book, we see very clearly that the main character's nonconformity can be unhealthy. Then, as the story progresses, society's love for conformity is questioned - challenging the reader to reconsider our love for conformity and open the possibility to make room for those who are different - even the strangest and the most banal. This book has changed me...each time I shop at what I call the Japanese Market, I think about it.

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    • RueRue
    • 03/08/2018

    Quirky and original

    I really enjoyed this quirky and dark-humored story. The main character, Keiko, is so bizarre and original. There isn't much of a plot, but it's a fascinating look at societal expectations. Nancy Wu did an excellent job narrating.

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    • Kathy in CA
    • 15/03/2020

    So Fun and Enjoyable!

    It's a short story, just over 3 hours, and I loved every minute of it. Although it is never stated, I believe Keiko, the protagonist has Asperger's Syndrome. Far from being annoying and unlikable like earlier reviews indicated, I found her endearing and fasclnating. This book was very much a character study, a mildly autistic late-bloomer's coming of age story. I enjoyed how Keiko developed and grew. One of my favorite parts was when Keiko could "read" the store--it talked to her and told her what it needed. In my mind, I could envision her becoming a consultant hired by convenience stores to increase sales. Not where the story was going, but maybe, just maybe?

    I felt numerous emotions listening to this story. I laughed out loud, felt happy, felt sometimes frustrated, a bit angry--it had it all. I felt it gave me a taste of the Japanese culture and made the goings-on more clear and understandable. What I liked best was that Keiko made the most of her limitations and found a solution that enabled her to do the best job possible.

    Strongly recommended. A character that has stayed in my mind and I won't soon forget!

    Almost forgot. The narration was perfection. Nancy Wu WAS Keiko!

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    • Tsara Vandercross
    • 16/06/2019

    A unique tale of finding your place in life

    Nancy Wu is a wonderful narrator. Her voice lends itself to the story, helping draw you in . I have, basically, no criticism to say for the narration at all.

    The story is pretty good. It's interesting to think about things from our main characters perspective. A lot of this story is exactly like we have seen things to be in Japanese convenience stores. They have their speech that feel s very rehearsed. The store is typically stocked really nicely and there is usually some food promotion that is going on.

    The reason for me marking this as only 3 stars is because of how the author decided to make the behaviors of the primary male figure. While I understand that there are people that can behave that way, and perhaps there are more of them in Japan, having the main character treat his behaviors like there isn't anything wrong with them strikes as a tad unbelievable. For example, if someone told you that you were to ugly to sleep with, would you invite them to move in with you? How about after they continue to remind you that you are just a burden on society because you are to old to have children? Still would move in with them?

    I still did enjoy this book though and do recommend reading it if you'd like a glimpse in to konbini life in Japan.

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    • OwlLover
    • 27/09/2018

    Odd, yet realistic

    This is the story of a strangd young woman. Something is a bit off about her, as though she is missing a few of the moving parts for her humanity to work. She makes herself into a machine, only giving herself exactly what she needs to function in the very specific role of a convenience store worker, and adopting parts of other people to male herself more real(istic). It is as though she is merely masquerading as a human. As odd as she is, the story is believable and quite compelling. I wanted to know what would happen to next and, ultimately, what would become of her. The narration is great and works well for the story.

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    • Karen Kiddine
    • 08/11/2018

    For everyone who's ever felt like an outsider.

    A short listen, but a great story with a bittersweet ending that will make you want to hop on a plane and visit a Japanese convenience store.

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    • Shehjar Kaul
    • 09/10/2018

    Struggle of individualism against the society

    The narrator was very lucid in conveying the essence of the story about a woman and her constant struggle to be "normal" as labelled by the society. Enjoyed the story of how the protagonist absolved all her "abnormal" behavior through her work as a convenience store woman and eventually lives a "successful" life, or at least tries to.