She waited on tables as usual that day, her twentieth birthday. She always worked Fridays, but if things had gone according to plan on that particular Friday, she would have had the night off.
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.
Birthday Girl is also available in Birthday Stories and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.
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
Tokyo has inspired all manner of writers, from home and abroad, seeking to evoke its unique atmosphere over the years.