One Year In The Life of Benjamin Thomas
List Price: 15.00
Available: August 2014
Benjamin Thomas is a recently orphaned eighteen-year-old who finds his way from Florida to Vermont. Almost by accident, or so it seems, he finds employment as a hired hand on the farm of Slim and Mary Smith. Here young Benjamin discovers the joy of kinship with the land. Further, he finds the delight of family, the importance of community, and a beautiful young woman named Reeta. This book looks at life from a Jeffersonian view where fences are well-kept, libraries flourish, people share their lives, and work is a joy. It celebrates life’s possibilities for those who have the courage to hope, dream, and persevere. In today’s world, where people often live at a frantic pace, where “local” is almost always dominated by “global,” where people endure Monday through Friday so that they can live on the weekends, this story offers a breath of fresh air.
William C. Webster lives in Pennsylvania, where he runs a landscape business and writes extensively. He taught history in a public school for thirty years. He is the author of three books, One Year in the Life of Benjamin Thomas, Wilson Hill, and Wentworth Rock. Since 2008, he has authored a monthly newsletter where he contemplates timely issues. These newsletters are available on his website, wcwebster.com. He and his wife, Kate, travel often to New England to relax and conduct research. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. Webster was raised on a family farm in Petersburg, New York.