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Claire Bidwell Smith

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Claire Bidwell Smith lives in Los Angeles. She is the author of the books The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin 2012), and After This (Penguin, 2015). Claire works in private practice as a therapist specializing in grief.

The Rules of Inheritance, a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick and a Books for a Better Life nominee, has been published in 17 countries and is currently being turned into a film.

Claire received a BA in creative writing from The New School and a MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. She has written for many publications including The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Slate, BlackBook Magazine and Chicago Public Radio. Her background includes travel and food writing, working for nonprofits like Dave Eggers’ literacy center
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One of the most common questions I was asked during my trip to NYC last week was about the process of writing of THE RULES OF INHERITANCE. People wanted to know when I wrote it, what sparked the writing of it, how long it took, what the experience was like, etc. So I thought I’d write it all out here once and for all.

To begin with, there is no easy answer as to when I began writing THE RULES OF... Read more of this blog post »
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Grief is a Force (Biographies & Memoirs)
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After This by Claire Bidwell Smith
"What a beautiful journey to embark upon with Claire. Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and such a gift to this world -- this open conversation about death and what comes 'After This'. The letters to her daughters, included at the end of each chapt..." Read more of this review »
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The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith
"Absolutely beautiful memoir. Told at fourteen that both of her parents have cancer, Ms. Smith's pain drives the narrative like a force of nature and doesn't let up until right near the end. Would love to read a novel by this author."
The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith
"I found my way to this writer via the Rumpus Letters in the Mail, and then came upon her book by accident in a bookstore. Claire Bidwell Smith's letter talked about courage--in life and writing--and how she sourced that courage from her father's l..." Read more of this review »
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“I am silent, marveling at the power we have to unlock a person.”
Claire Bidwell Smith, The Rules of Inheritance

“The world is a much bigger place than Bruner middle school. Those kids who make you feel bad? They're never going to know that. They'll grow up here, stay here, get married here, and have kids here. They'll never find out anything more than the petty grievances they're learning to inflict now.

But you, kiddo? You have bigger fishes to fry. I predict great things for you.”
Claire Bidwell Smith, The Rules of Inheritance

“Three years passed. Three years without a mother. In three years my grief has grown to enormous proportions.
Grief is now a giant, sad whale that I drag along with me wherever I go.
My grief fills rooms. It takes up space and it sucks out the air. It leaves no room for anyone else.
Grief and I are left alone a lot. We smoke cigarettes and we cry.
Grief holds my hand as I walk down the sidewalk, and grief doesn't mind when I cry because it's raining and I cannot find a taxi.
Grief acts like a jealous friend, reminding me that no one else will ever love me as much as it does.
Grief whispers in my ear that no one understands me.
Grief is possessive and doesn't let me go anywhere without it.
Grief is force and I am swept up in it.”
Claire Bidwell Smith, The Rules of Inheritance

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