Portrait of Jennie


Portrait of Jennie

Book by Robert Nathan, published in 1940.

The protagonists are a 28 year old artist who falls in platonic love with an 8 year old girl. She tells him about her 'wishing game' and says, 'I wish you'd wait for me to grow up. But you won't I guess.'

He sees her a few months later, unaccountably now a girl of 12 or 13. More encounters follow with ever increasing aging on her part until, a year later, she becomes a young woman of 20.

The book is available as a reprint on Amazon.com.

-- Dreamtales