Roger Button and his wife are expecting their first child, and the child is born in 1860. He was one of the first children to be born in a hospital in Baltimore. But the Buttons don’t get a normal child- they get a seventy year old man instead. Over the course of the story, the man-child, whom they have named Benjamin, ages in reverse. As everyone around him gets older, he impossibly finds himself getting younger. No one knows why this is, or why he was born so old. Over the course of his life, Benjamin sees quite a lot, but his awareness of the world around him dims as he grows older.
I received this book as a gift from my LT Secret Santa, Literate Housewife. It was such a fast read (a whopping 26 pages), and an interesting one as well. Fitzgerald is a fantastic storyteller- the kind that always leaves me wanting more. And that was certainly the case with this story. I kept wishing for more details, more information about Benjamin’s life.
Overall, though, it was a great story, one that I probably would have missed out on if not for Santa Thing.