The Rules of Inheritance

The Rules of Inheritance

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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Claire Bidwell Smith, a fourteen-year-old only child, learns that both her parents have cancer. The fear of becoming a family of one compels her 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 later, when Claire falls in love, marries and becomes a mother, that she emerges from the fog of grief.
Publisher: New York :, Plume,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780452298873
Branch Call Number: 616.994 SM
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 21 cm


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May 03, 2014

This author really loves the phrase LEAN IN... she used it so much that I actually became aware of and annoyed by it.

BPLNextBestAdults Apr 02, 2013

I discovered Claire Bidwell Smith and her writing when she guest posted on one of my favourite blogs I was touched by her article about raising her small children without her mother and decided to check out her memoir, The Rules of Inheritance. Claire shares her journey of grief as she writes about her mother’s death when Claire was 19 and her father’s not long after. Her pain is palpable through the pages as she spirals without direction into an unhealthy relationship with both a troubled man and alcohol. Those who enjoyed Wild by Cheryl Strayed might like this one, and it would be a good choice for young people who have experienced a devastating loss to show that there is light at the end of the tunnel. HW

Jan 20, 2013

Great book! I enjoyed it a lot!

Apr 26, 2012

The first book that was not chronologically ordered that I wasn't frustrated by.

Incredibly honest and raw about the stages of grief one can experience with the death of a close family member.

Recommended for all to help understand what one goes through with the death of a parent.


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