I moved to New York the week I turned twenty. I lived on the fifth floor of an East Village walk-up with a boyfriend I was too young to realize I shouldn’t have been with, and I got a job waiting tables in Union Square.
Claire Bidwell Smith is the author of the memoir The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin, 2012). She is a therapist specializing in grief and lives in Los Angeles. She can be found at www.clairebidwellsmith.com.