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, from
events fondly recalled to the impact of appalling tragedy.
Previously published in a Japanese translation by Haruki Murakami,
this English edition contains a specially written introduction.