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The Middle Place (Voice)
by Kelly Corrigan

Published: 2008-01-08
Kindle Edition : 272 pages
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For Kelly Corrigan, family is everything. At thirty-six, she had a marriage that worked, two funny, active kids, and a weekly newspaper column. But even as a thriving adult, Kelly still saw herself as the daughter of garrulous Irish-American charmer George Corrigan. She was living deep ...
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For Kelly Corrigan, family is everything. At thirty-six, she had a marriage that worked, two funny, active kids, and a weekly newspaper column. But even as a thriving adult, Kelly still saw herself as the daughter of garrulous Irish-American charmer George Corrigan. She was living deep within what she calls the Middle Place--"that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap"--comfortably wedged between her adult duties and her parents' care. But Kelly is abruptly shoved into coming-of-age when she finds a lump in her breast--and gets the diagnosis no one wants to hear. When George, too, learns that he has late-stage cancer, it is Kelly's turn to take care of the man who had always taken care of her--and to show us a woman who finally takes the leap and grows up. Kelly Corrigan is a natural-born storyteller, a gift you quickly recognize as her father's legacy, and her stories are rich with everyday details. She captures the beat of an ordinary life and the tender, sometimes fractious moments that bind families together. Rueful and honest, Kelly is the prized friend who will tell you her darkest, lowest, screwiest thoughts, and then later dance on the coffee table at your party. Funny yet heart-wrenching, The Middle Place is about being a parent and a child at the same time. It is about the special double-vision you get when you are standing with one foot in each place. It is about the family you make and the family you came from--and locating, navigating, and finally celebrating the place where they meet. It is about reaching for life with both hands--and finding it.

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by Petuniacheryl (see profile) 11/14/14

 
  "The Midde Place"by LeighGrady (see profile) 02/24/12

Every daughter should have a father like Greenie - someone who loves her absolutely and puts you on a pedestal - a father who has unwavering faith in the incredible woman that his daughter will grow up... (read more)

 
  "Corrigan's Story Told Intertwined With That of Her Father"by zodejodie4 (see profile) 12/20/11

4 and 1/2 stars. Kelly Corrigan tells the story of her diagnosis of breast cancer intertwined with the story of her beloved father's recurrence of bladder cancer with wit, grace, charm and aplomb.

 
  " For me it was more about being Daughter or Mother or Both? Not the Cancer Survivors."by netmayo (see profile) 12/11/11

Although cancer isn't an easy topic to discuss, this was an easy to read book. I guess I was alittle disappointed though. Didn't draw me in as much a I thought it would. I did like the ending about girlfriends.... (read more)

 
  "The Middle Place"by ksullivan (see profile) 07/25/11

I feel this book can be relatable to any women; we always have a hundred balls in the air.

 
  "Middle Place"by amishcat (see profile) 04/16/11

 
  "Top Billing for The Middle Place"by LisaDVanB (see profile) 01/09/10

This was one of the best books I read in 2009. At the urging of one of our Book Club members I bought & read this. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially someone living with Cancer and/or... (read more)

 
  "The Middle Place"by twnavarro (see profile) 01/06/10

I enjoyed the book and I think it will provide some interesting issues for our book club to discuss.

 
  "The Middle Place"by laurareads (see profile) 12/17/09

 
  "Loved this book!"by Lacymrn (see profile) 11/14/09

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