William Atmar Smith was born in Charleston, South Carolina, attended schools in Charleston, and graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He received his M.A. from San Francisco State University. His stories have appeared in a variety of literary venues including Aura, Berkeley Fiction Review, Cimarron Review, Crucible, Five Fingers Review, New England Review, and Algonquin Books’ New Stories From the South, The Year’s Best, edited by Shannon Ravenel. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and their four children.
A History of the World is a haunting exploration of the mystery of human connection. A novella with the fullness of dimension and scope of a much bigger book, the story is set in a fictional rural American town in the early 1980’s and is told by six narrators, including two ghosts. W.A. Smith's language is luminous, provocative and profound, by turns lyrical and magical.
A collection of interconnected stories concerned with the loyalty, love and desire that bind families together and the emotional and spiritual forces that may rip them apart. Fathers yearn for deeper connection with their sons; sons chafe under their fathers' control and wonder about their own lives. From aged patriarchs to distant dads to a Vietnam vet who fears he cannot have children.