"It costs nothing to be civil to her. Did you work out what her 'pictures' are?"
"Some sort of family albums, I figured."
"I took her literally at first, too." Mrs. Sasaki speaks carefully, the way she does. "But I think she's talking about her memories." We watch her disappear in the shimmer. Cicadas wind up and down. "All we are is our memories."
—David Mitchell, number9dream
Mitchell's exposition is similar to that of Murakami's (Ryu or Haruki), and that's a good thing. These guys could make eating a sandwich in a quiet living room on a grey afternoon seem interesting.