Birthdays can be occasions to reflect on accomplishments, mark achievements, and generally celebrate life. They can also offer the opportunity to set goals or start fresh. Then again, birthdays can also bring out the darker emotions: jealousy, envy, and resentment. Here are a selection of the good, the bad, and the unforgettable in fictional birthdays, from young to old:
- Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan: On his 18th birthday, Jonah Williams escapes the plantation where he was held as a slave since birth.
- You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell: On the morning of her 25th birthday, a woman opens the last letter written to her by her deceased mother and discovers a secret that will change her life.
- Ever After by Rachel Lacey: On her 29th birthday, Olivia Bennett goes to jail and meets the man of her dreams.
- Young Once by Patrick Modiano: On her 35th birthday, a woman and her husband reflect on their early years in Paris.
- Heirs and Assigns by Marjorie Eccles: When a wealthy retired businessman dies suspiciously on his 60th birthday, a detective must find the real killer among the many guests who would benefit from his death.