The Rules of Inheritance

A Memoir

By Claire Bidwell Smith
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452298873, 298pp.)

Publication Date: December 24, 2012

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A powerful and searingly honest memoir about a young woman who loses her family but finds herself in the process.
In this astonishing debut, Claire Bidwell Smith, an only child, is just fourteen years old when both of her charismatic parents are diagnosed with cancer. What follows is a coming-of-age story that is both heartbreaking and exhilarating. As Claire hurtles towards loss she throws herself at anything she thinks might help her cope with the weight of this harsh reality: boys, alcohol, traveling, and the anonymity of cities like New York and Los Angeles. By the time she is twenty-five years old they are both gone and Claire is very much alone in the world.
Claire's story is less of a tragic tale and more of a remarkable lesson on how to overcome some of life's greatest hardships. Written with suspense and style, and bursting with love and adventure, The Rules of Inheritance vividly captures the deep grief and surprising light of a young woman forging ahead on a journey of loss that humbled, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.



About the Author
CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITHlives in Los Angeles. She is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of the memoir"The Rules of Inheritance", soon to be a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence.
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