Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence to come of age in The Rules of Inheritance

The author's mother
As I posited in this morning's Catching Fire post, Jennifer Lawrence can do no wrong right now. The mega-success of Hunger Games plus the critical acclaim along with the rather more surprising box office win for Silver Linings Playbook has helped the Catching Fire actress catch that fire like no other young actress working in Hollywood today, although Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, The Fault in Our Stars, The Spectacular Now) seems poised to break out. For now though, Lawrence has now been cast in the lead role in Rules of Inheritance, the upcoming film based on the Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir released earlier this year.
Here's the skinny on the coming of age story that's both 'heartbreaking and exhilarating'


Jennifer Lawrence in Serena, also directed by Suzanne Bier
"In this astonishing debut, Claire Bidwell Smith, an only child, is just fourteen years old when both of her charismatic parents are diagnosed with cancer. What follows is a coming-of-age story that is both heartbreaking and exhilarating. As Claire hurtles towards loss she throws herself at anything she thinks might help her cope with the weight of this harsh reality: boys, alcohol, traveling, and the anonymity of cities like New York and Los Angeles. By the time she is twenty-five years old they are both gone and Claire is very much alone in the world.

Claire's story is less of a tragic tale and more of a remarkable lesson on how to overcome some of life's greatest hardships. Written with suspense and style, and bursting with love and adventure, The Rules of Inheritance vividly captures the deep grief and surprising light of a young woman forging ahead on a journey of loss that humbled, strengthened, and ultimately healed her."

Claire Bidwell Smith: Author of The Rules of Inheritance
Claire herself is thrilled posting the release on her blog and saying ...
"There is so much yet to come, but for now I will just say again that I am incredibly grateful and humbled by all of this. All I ever wanted when I wrote The Rules of Inheritance was the chance to help a person or two, to make someone out there feel a little less alone in their grief process. And now all of this…I couldn’t dream of a better group of people to help me take my message to a wider audience."
Sounds like lots of pathos and drama, an even deeper emotional level than the moving - albeit hilarious- Silver Linings Playbook.

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