One Birthday

illustration: a young woman sits with a birthday cake topped with strawberries and lit swiggle-shaped candles. Text reads One Birthday by Amy Chu, inspired by 'one summer' by Nicholson Baker
A illustration of a woman (presumably the author) sits on a bench with a triangle of cheese and a bottle, looking at a city in the distance. Text reads: One birthday it became legal for me to drink in America. But I was studying abroad in London and I had already spent months going to bars and buying cheap Prosecco.
Illustration of two goldfish in a Kirkland labeled-jar and a folded pair of jeans. Text reads: One birthday I was gifted two goldfish and a pair of jeans.

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