Birthday Girl is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying short story . A taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Murakami’s 70th birthday.
‘Do you remember what you were doing on the day you turned 20? I remember my own twentieth birthday very well. I was waiting on tables in a coffee shop after lectures. I had wanted the day off but couldn’t find anyone to take my place. Not a single pleasant thing happened to me right up to the very end of the day in what seemed (at the time) like an omen of all the years to come.’ Haruki Murakami, Birthday Stories
One rainy Tokyo night, a waitress’s uneventful twentieth birthday takes a strange and fateful turn when she’s asked to deliver dinner to the restaurant’s reclusive owner. Birthday Girl is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Murakami’s 70th birthday.
“A subtle story that leaves readers analysing every moment… It's undoubtedly a story you can read again and again and derive a different interpretation with each new reading, which just goes to show why it's still being published and talked about nearly 20 years after it was first published”