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Friday Happiness

So far, one of my favorite things about becoming a real author has been getting to meet other real authors. I’ve actually met tons of writers in the last ten years, through various jobs and events and persistence, but getting to meet them on this level is a different experience. I’m meeting writers whom I’ve admired for years and this time, they’ve actually heard of me, and some of them have even read my book.

Around real writers I’ve I always felt like this little kid trailing around after the bigger kids at the playground, begging them to pay attention to me and trying to prove to them that I was worth hanging out with. It’s entirely different experience to be on the other side of that now.

Yesterday I had coffee with Hope Edelman, the author of Motherless Daughters, and several other books. I initially read Motherless Daughters in my early twenties when I was living in New York and it was one of the first books I ever read that truly spoke to my experience of loss. I teared up yesterday telling Hope how much her book has meant to me, how I’ve bought countless copies because I’m always giving them away, and how grateful I am for all of her work. But then suddenly she’s telling me how about how she read my book and loved it, and the whole experience suddenly becomes impossibly surreal.

Anyway, this is just something I’m grateful for and wanted to share here. Oh, and I’m also grateful for my daughter’s preschool performances, which make me both laugh and cry every time. Here she is yesterday in the Spring “Science Fair.”


  1. Hi Claire, these pictures totally made me smile – I can hardly stand the paper bag cuteness! Veronica is adorable. And how meaningful to hear from authors you admire. You certainly deserve the recognition and to be one of the “big kids.” I continue to spread the word about your book and it certainly has had an impact on people I love. Enjoy your weekend!

    Comment by Annie on March 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm

  2. dear Claire….I just finished your book last nite…I could not put it down….what is there to say but you are one brave young woman~wow~absolutely drew me in on the first page and never let me go…I am further down the road than you, mom of 3 and grammy of 4 but I could relate to much you wrote about, relating to deep losses in our families…

    never stop writing~!

    xo Sue

    Comment by Sue on March 30, 2012 at 7:17 pm

  3. Hi Annie, thanks so much for continuing to spread the word! That means so much to me!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on March 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

  4. Sue, thank you so much for your nice comments, and for reading the book! I’m working away on book two!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on March 31, 2012 at 8:50 am

  5. I have Hope’s book sitting on my bookshelf! I bought it in college at a local book store, and I’ve been too nervous to read it ever since. That’s been six years ago.

    I think it’s time.

    Thanks for reminding me.

    {and precious pics too!}

    Comment by Elizabeth on March 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  6. Oh Elizabeth, you’ll love it! It’s really healing!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on March 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm

  7. Hi, Claire, I am your neighbor Nancy’s aunt and have read your book and loved it. I have passed it on and written a review which is presently published in the newsletter for an organization called the W. Connection. This is an online support organization for widows. A friend of mine and a partner of her’s from work have started this organization and it has been up and running for about 1 and 1/2 years. I want to thank you for sharing your story and shedding light on the effects of loss on someone your age, who often does not have the tools to articulate the difficulties confronting them during this very sensitive time in their lives. It was great to see pictures of your family and parents who we come to know through your eyes in the book. Congratulations to you as a writer, wife and mother. Wishing you well in your future endeavors. Sincerely, Janet

    Comment by Janet Swinburne on April 2, 2012 at 5:03 am

  8. Hi Claire:

    Every time I read your blog and look at the gorgeous photos of your daughter I am taken aback by how much she resembles your mother! It is unbelievable.
    Hope’s book was a life saver for my sisters and I after we lost our mother back in the early 90′s. I think your book is just as valuable and worthy as Hope’s is. Thanks to the both of you for writing for us motherless daughters.


    Comment by Gina Luongo on April 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

  9. Thanks, Gina! Glad to hear you love Hope’s book as much as I do. She’s really lovely in person.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on April 2, 2012 at 9:04 pm

  10. Hi Janet! Thanks so much for reading the book and spreading the word! Love having Nancy as a neighbor..

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on April 2, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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