In this enviable gathering, Haruki Murakami has chosen for his party some of the very best short story writers of recent years, each with their own birthday experiences, each story a snapshot of life on a single day.
Including stories by Russell Banks, Ethan Canin, Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, Denis Johnson, Claire Keegan, Andrea Lee, Daniel Lyons, Lynda Sexson, Paul Theroux, William Trevor and Haruki Murakami, this anthology captures a range of emotions evoked by advancing age and the passing of time. The stories focus on everything from events fondly recalled to the impact of appalling tragedy.
Originally published in a Japanese translated edition, the universal appeal of the stories' content makes these stories applicable to anyone and everyone, whenever their birthday may fall.
Daisy Meyrick manages the translation rights for Birthday Stories
The audio rights are handled by Alice Lutyens.
Translation Rights Sold
Blogcritics Full Review
Brilliant... Murakami introduces all these stories with grace and lightness of touch
A memorable collection. Voices and settings as diverse as the authors, but they are all concerned with the arbitrary yet immensely significant way in which we mark the passing of our lives
The perfect year-round present