How hard will Benjamin’s lawyer fight to honor his gift?
A story about love and loss and the mending of the human heart…Benjamin Clymer was a farmer whose wife taught him to read when he was twenty-three, which proved to be a salvation for him after her untimely death. Reading transported him into other people’s worlds, allowing him to temporarily forget his own loss. Years later he had an idea for a memorial to her, a workshop for writers that would be a nurturing place for them.
In the spring of 1927, he went to see an attorney, Charles Gustafson, to have his will drawn, never doubting that his wishes would be honored if there was a proper legal document. The attorney listened with amazement to Benjamin’s plan for his bequest and drew the will, insisting on a clause that Benjamin disliked. Without the clause, Gustafson wouldn’t have had a weapon in an unexpected battle to honor the terms of Benjamin’s most unusual gift.