The Rules of
Inheritance is 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—learns that both of
her parents have 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.
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
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