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Author of the Month

Sayaka Murata

Sayaka Murata was born in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, in 1979.  Her first novel, Jyunyu (Breastfeeding), won the 2003 Gunzo Prize for New Writers. In 2013 she won the Mishima Yukio Prize for Shiro-iro no machi no, sono hone no taion no (Of Bones, Of Body Heat, Of Whitening City), and in 2014 the Special Prize of the Sense of Gender Award.

In 2016 her 10th novel, Konbini ningen (Convenience Store Woman), won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize and she was named a Vogue Woman of the Year. Murata spent eighteen years working part-time in convenience stores before the success of Convenience Store Woman afforded her the freedom to leave and write full time. Convenience Store Woman has sold more than two million copies worldwide (including 125,000 of the Granta edition) and is translated into twenty-three languages. 

Her most recent novel, Earthlings was published in 2020 to great critical acclaim.  Granta will publish her collection of stories, Life Ceremony, in 2022.  She lives in Tokyo, Japan.

New from Sayaka Murata

Earthlings - Sayaka Murata

Natsuki isn't like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet.

Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of Nagano, dreaming of other worlds. When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the two children forever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what. Now Natsuki is grown.

She lives a quiet life with her asexual husband, surviving as best she can by pretending to be normal. But the demands of Natsuki's family are increasing, her friends wonder why she's still not pregnant, and dark shadows from Natsuki's childhood are pursuing her. Fleeing the suburbs for the mountains of her childhood, Natsuki prepares herself with a reunion with Yuu.

Will he still remember their promise? And will he help her keep it?



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