Earthlings (Paperback)

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"One of the strangest and most bizarre books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I loved it every second of it. Murata brings out the worst of societal pressures in the weirdest, jaw dropping way. 

Murata has a way of writing characters who rationalize the worst possible situations and make it their own like a more messed up Candide. This was my first time reading her and I felt a lot of thought, time, and care went into Natsuki's world view. It's an incredibly dark novel but equally humorous and absurd. I felt such a huge array of emotions empathizing with the of characters. I was entranced by their ridiculousness. I laughed and felt my jaw drop more than any other book or media I've experienced.

Earthlings is incredibly detailed and at times graphic but Murata has such a voice that I couldn't put it down because I wanted to see what bizarre thing happens next. Magical Realism and absurdism at their best. Big big big trigger warnings."

— Andres B.


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

Sayaka Murata's Convenience Store Woman was one of the most unusual and 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, and absolutely unforgettable novel.

As a child, Natsuki doesn't fit in with her family. Her parents favor her sister, and 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, and decides to flee the "baby factory" of society for good, searching for answers about the vast and frightening mysteries of the universe--answers only Natsuki has the power to uncover.

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

About the Author

Sayaka Murata is the author of many books, including Convenience Store Woman, winner of the Akutagawa Prize. Murata has been named a Freeman's "Future of New Writing" author, and a Vogue Japan Woman of the Year.Ginny Tapley Takemori has translated works by more than a dozen Japanese writers, including Ryu Murakami. She lives at the foot of a mountain in Eastern Japan.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802157010
ISBN-10: 0802157017
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: September 21st, 2021
Pages: 256
Language: English