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The Rules of Inheritance

Claire Bidwell Smith

A resonant memoir of the ways untimely good-byes echo through the years by a writer who has considered every nuance of grief. At age fourteen, Claire Bidwell Smith-an only child- learned that both of her parents had cancer. The fear of becoming a family of one before she came of age compels Claire 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 when Claire eventually falls in love, marries, and becomes a mother that she emerges from the fog of grief. Defying a conventional framework, this story is told using the five stages of grief as a window into Smith's experience. As in the very best memoirs, the author's powerful and exquisite writing renders personal events into universal experience.

A resonant memoir of the ways untimely good-byes echo through the years by a writer who has considered every nuance of grief. At age fourteen, Claire Bidwell Smith-an only child- learned that both of her parents had cancer. The fear of becoming a family of one before she came of age compels Claire 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 when Claire eventually falls in love, marries, and becomes a mother that she emerges from the fog of grief. Defying a conventional framework, this story is told using the five stages of grief as a window into Smith's experience. As in the very best memoirs, the author's powerful and exquisite writing renders personal events into universal experience.
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A resonant memoir of the ways untimely good-byes echo through the years by a writer who has considered every nuance of grief. At age fourteen, Claire Bidwell Smith-an only child- learned that both of her parents had cancer. The fear of becoming a family of one before she came of age compels Claire 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 when Claire eventually falls in love, marries, and becomes a mother that she emerges from the fog of grief. Defying a conventional framework, this story is told using the five stages of grief as a window into Smith's experience. As in the very best memoirs, the author's powerful and exquisite writing renders personal events into universal experience.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 36m


Chapters

Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

49:48


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

34:07


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

45:46


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

31:36


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

35:10


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

27:40


Part 3, Chapter 7
Part 3, Chapter 7

24:35


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

16:14


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

24:39


Part 4, Chapter 10
Part 4, Chapter 10

23:01


Part 4, Chapter 11
Part 4, Chapter 11

26:23


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

29:43


Part 5, Chapter 13
Part 5, Chapter 13

34:50


Part 5, Chapter 14
Part 5, Chapter 14

29:52


Part 5, Chapter 15
Part 5, Chapter 15

22:06


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

00:41