The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir
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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Review: The Rules of InheritanceUser Review - Angela - Goodreads
A brilliant memoir of love and loss. Smith's mother & father were both diagnosed with cancer the same month, when she was just 18. This is a tale of anguish and grief told in stunning form and written ... Read full review
Review: The Rules of InheritanceUser Review - K2 ----- - Goodreads
This is a powerful memoir of deeply felt loss and what it is to be an only child of an aging father and a mother who was ill with colon cancer in her formative teenage years. There are wavy boundaries ... Read full review
Chapter Two 1992 IM FOURTEEN YEARS
Part Two Anger
Chapter Five 2000 I AM TWENTYTWO YEARS
Chapter Six1993 IAM FIFTEEN YEARS
Chapter Seven 2003 I AM TWENTYFIVE YEARS
Chapter Eight 1998I AM NINETEEN YEARSOLD
Part Four Depression
Chapter Eleven 1999 IM TWENTYONE YEARS
Chapter Twelve 2003 IM TWENTYFIVE YEARS