The Rules of Inheritance

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Claire Bidwell Smith

Narrated By: Claire Bidwell Smith

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: March 2012

Duration: 7 hours 36 minutes


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.


  • Shenan S

    Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir is an inspiration. It's beautifully written, and hearing it dictated by the author herself is a gift in and of itself.

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