This book is without a doubt, one of the quirkiest books I have read in a long time.
Keiko is a middle aged Japanese woman who is unmarried, has no children, and has worked at the same convenience store for the past 18 years. She tries hard to change her lifestyle to fit with the 'normal' Japanese woman, however fails repeatedly. The writing is full of dry humour and pushes boundaries of what is socially acceptable. Murata crafts the perfect novel for anyone who has ever felt like they just don't fit in.
The conclusion she reaches is that being happy and comfortable is far more important than being normal – a message I think everyone can do with being reminded of.