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“Gritty, poetic, and illuminating.” —O Magazine

“A brilliant memoir.” —BookReporter

“A powerful, moving memoir of overcoming grief and loss.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“Vivid, real and gripping.”—Blackbook Magazine

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

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