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The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir Paperback – December 24, 2012
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“A brilliant memoir.” —BookReporter
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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
“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
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But as noted, being orphaned is tremendously disorienting, and the effect on the reader may perhaps simulate that. Recommended for those grieving the loss of one or both parents. NOT recommended to those trying to quit smoking - I don't smoke and there was so much talk of smoking even I was craving a cigarette.
I've learned to forgive myself.
My favorite scene was when she shared beers out of a vending machine with her dad went when they visited the spot where his plane was shot down in WWII.
I resonated with the angst of letting go of a dad in a hospice setting. Did that one too.
Thanks Claire for writing this book, for showing those who don't know, there is a way out of grief.
It is so striking how the loss of her parents defined her life...a poignant reminder of the wide scope of experiences and identity in the human condition. And it also goes to show how people with very similar experiences, as well as those with very different experiences, connect. Highly recommended! And fear not - there is a light at the end of the tunnel :)
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at times, but maybe that's the point.
It's very honest, account of loss- grief and living on anyway. Well done Claire you are an inspiration .
My only criticism would be the amount if humping from past to present to future.
I finished it on the plane coming back from a weekend away and found myself sobbing all the way home.
A real find of a book. Highly Recommended.
Simply beautiful x