What readers are saying about The First Year:
"D. Burton Smith’s charming, semi autobiographical book includes life lessons and gentle humor. The short stories are notable for the breadth of experiences they represent, the knowledge that is apparent behind them, and the range of their narration styles and themes. The book’s memoir portion focuses on descriptions: These entries are nostalgic, clean, and sharp.
The First Year collects the fertile, knowledgeable, and imaginative observations and fiction exercises of a retiree who found and embraced his creativity."
--Foreword Clarion Book Review