The Rules of Inheritance

The Rules of Inheritance

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A 2012 Books for a Better Life nominee
A resonant memoir of the ways untimely good-byes echo through the years by a writer who has considered every nuance of grief.
At age fourteen, Claire Bidwell Smith-an only child- learned that both of her parents had cancer. The fear of becoming a family of one before she came of age compels Claire to make a series of fraught choices, set against the glittering backdrop of New York and Los Angeles - and the pall of regret. When the inevitable happens, and Claire is alone in the world, she is inconsolable at the revelation that suddenly she is no one's special person. It is only when Claire eventually falls in love, marries, and becomes a mother that she emerges from the fog of grief.
Defying a conventional framework, this story is told using the five stages of grief as a window into Smith's experience. As in the very best memoirs, the author's powerful and exquisite writing renders personal events into universal experience.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1594630887
  • 9781594630880
  • 229,896

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"Claire Bidwell Smith has written a beautiful book; it's a perfectly crafted story -- not about grief, but how to walk out of grief with your soul intact; it's not a lamentation, but a lesson. "The Rules of Inheritance "should be required reading for anybody who's trying to get their arms around a big sadness." -Darin Strauss, Author of "Half a Life "
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About Claire Bidwell Smith

Claire Bidwell Smith is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor. She writes for "The Huffington Post, Blackbook, Yoga Journal, Chicago Public Radio," and the award-winning blog
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