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ISBN13: 9780452298873
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A 2012 Books for a Better Life nominee.

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.

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“Gritty, poetic, and illuminating.” O Magazine

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“A brilliant memoir.” BookReporter

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“Vivid, real and gripping.” Blackbook Magazine

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“Forget everything you think you know about grief. Smith’s memoir is the most honest book I've ever read about how loss unmoors, challenges and changes you, written in prose so exquisite it could be poetry. Dazzlingly brave and absolutely true.” Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

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“Gorgeously written, compulsively readable, and heartbreakingly true, The Rules of Inheritance is a small masterpiece of honesty. Anyone who's lost a parent will find themselves in this story. I couldn't stop reading it, and was sorry when it had to end." Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters

About the Author

Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Jim Simpson, April 21, 2013 (view all comments by Jim Simpson)
Claire Bidwell Smith's debut book, The Rules of Inheritance (Hudson Street Press, 2012; Penguin Paperbacks 2013), is a “grief memoir” as she calls it, about her life from the time she was 14 when both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer, until 2011. The author, an Atlanta, Georgia native now living in Los Angeles, would be parentless by the time she was 25 years old.

The book jumps around in time covering a period of roughly 18 years and is divided into five parts, each following Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grief. A particularly striking episode finds her on assignment in the Philippines for Student Traveler magazine. She was on her way to the remote island of Malapascua to dive with thresher sharks, one of many examples in the book describing her destructive behavior (unhealthy relationships and alcohol abuse, to name but two) that she will later discover to be subconscious attempts at bringing her dead parents back in order to save her. This diving trip is a climactic event because, as she and her guide are descending into 80 feet of dark, shark-filled water, she suddenly cancels the dive and surfaces. With tears streaming down her face, she sits slumped in the front of the boat heading back to shore.

She writes, “This is the very place -- with my tear-soaked face, at the front of this little boat in the middle of the great Pacific Ocean -- where I ind a truth that I will test over and over in my life. Nothing is ever going to bring either of them back.” Some parts of the book are almost too much to bear, but you find yourself forging ahead, cheering her on, hoping she will be okay in the end, which, thankfully, she certainly is.

I highly recommend this one.
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EdwardHakim, December 24, 2012 (view all comments by EdwardHakim)
The author is a grief counselor. She writes how her marriage and the birth of her daughter helped her to put her life back together again, to feel less alone, and more grateful for what she had and not focused on what she didn't have. A reader will sense that cutting alcohol out of her life is a great first step to facing life and loss head on. I rarely read such emotional stories but this book changes that.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452298873
Author:
Smith, Claire Bidwell
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.02 x 5.36 x 0.66 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Plume - English 9780452298873 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Gritty, poetic, and illuminating.”
"Review" by , “A brilliant memoir.”
"Review" by , “Vivid, real and gripping.”
"Review" by , “Forget everything you think you know about grief. Smith’s memoir is the most honest book I've ever read about how loss unmoors, challenges and changes you, written in prose so exquisite it could be poetry. Dazzlingly brave and absolutely true.”
"Review" by , “Gorgeously written, compulsively readable, and heartbreakingly true, The Rules of Inheritance is a small masterpiece of honesty. Anyone who's lost a parent will find themselves in this story. I couldn't stop reading it, and was sorry when it had to end."
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