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Read the opening of Sayaka Murata’s newest novel, coming in October.

Emily Temple

May 6, 2020, 12:16pm

If you, like me, loved Sayaka Murata’s 2019 novel Convenience Store Woman, I have some good news for you: Murata’s next novel, Earthlings, also translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori, is slated to hit shelves in October, and it is about a girl named Natsuki who thinks she’s an alien. Relatable!

Today, Murata’s editor Peter Blackstock tweeted the novel’s opening, which goes like this:

I think I speak for all of us when I say: sold.

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