The Rules Of Inheritance: A Memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith

Some of you may not be aware that I have had some of my book reviews published in the real press, rather than on this blog.

CRITICALLY acclaimed in the author’s native US, The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir tells the story of Bidwell Smith’s journey as she navigates through life following the loss of both her parents to cancer, by the time she reaches the age of 24.

The story is extremely well and beautifully written, conveying the feelings of something I am yet to, but will inevitably, face. Written in five parts demonstrating the stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, the narrative within each part moves between childhood and adulthood, in a flashback/ flashforward narrative.

A real page-turner, Bidwell Smith’s writing and story means you really root for her throughout the narrative. It was heart wrenching at times, and I would recommend keeping a box of tissues close to hand.

The Rules Of Inheritance: A Memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith

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