Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori (translation)
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From the beloved author of cult sensation Convenience Store Woman, which has now sold more than one million copies worldwide & has been translated into thirty-three languages, comes a spellbinding & otherworldly novel about a woman who believes she is an alien

Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman was one of the most unusual & refreshing bestsellers of recent years, depicting the life of a thirty-six-year-old clerk in a Tokyo convenience store. Now, in Earthlings, Sayaka Murata pushes at the boundaries of our ideas of social conformity in this brilliantly imaginative, intense, & absolutely unforgettable novel.

As a child, Natsuki doesn’t fit in with her family. Her parents favor her sister, & her best friend is a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut, who talks to her. He tells her that he has come from the planet Popinpobopia on a special quest to help her save the Earth. One summer, on vacation with her family and her cousin Yuu in her grandparents’ ramshackle wooden house in the mountains of Nagano, Natsuki decides that she must be an alien, which would explain why she can’t seem to fit in like everyone else. Later, as a grown woman, living a quiet life with her asexual husband, Natsuki is still pursued by dark shadows from her childhood, & decides to flee the “baby factory” of society for good, searching for answers about the vast & frightening mysteries of the universe—answers only Natsuki has the power to uncover.

Dreamlike, sometimes shocking, & always strange & wonderful, Earthlings asks what it means to be happy in a stifling world, & cements Sayaka Murata’s status as a master chronicler of the outsider experience & our own uncanny universe.


Sayaka Murata is one of the most celebrated of the new generation of Japanese writers. She is the author of many books, including Earthlings & Convenience Store Woman, winner of the Akutagawa Prize. Murata has been named a Freeman’s “Future of New Writing” author... 

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english, 2020
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