- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Plume (December 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780452298873
- ISBN-13: 978-0452298873
- ASIN: 0452298873
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir Paperback – December 24, 2012
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“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
About the Author
Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief. She lives in Los Angeles.
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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.