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The Rules of Inheritance

The Rules of Inheritance

Claire Bidwell Smith

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.

Using the five stages of grief as a window onto her personal experience, Claire Bidwell Smith has written a powerful memoir that is at once exquisite and profound.

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Stuart Beaton

ABC local radio with Richard Fidler

Claire Bidwell Smith
About the Author

Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specialising in grief. She has worked for Dave Eggers’ literacy centre 826LA, and most recently as a bereavement counsellor for a hospice in Chicago. She has written for Time Out New York, BlackBook, the Huffington Post and Chicago Public Radio, and is working on her second book. Claire lives in Los Angeles...

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27 February 2012
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    ISBN: 9781921921551
    27 February 2012
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