?An amazing story told with steep honesty. The Middle Place is memoir at its highest form.?
?Darin Strauss, author of More Than It Hurts You and The Real McCoy
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.
?If you?re in a book club or just love to read, make sure this book ends up in your lap, where it will remain until you finish. Plan to laugh, cry, and be consumed by Kelly Corrigan.?
?Bravely reveals the frightened daughter inside the grown-up wife and mother.?
?Come for the writing, stay for the drama. Or vice-versa. Either way, you won?t regret it.?
?San Francisco Chronicle
?The Middle Place is a memoir that reads like a novel and sings like an Irish tenor. When Kelly Corrigan writes, she makes you want to come home.?
–Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Summer
?For two days I ignored my family while I devoured Kelly Corrigan?s memoir, The Middle Place. I spent a good part of that time crying, but mostly I was laughing. In the tradition of the best memoirists (Anne Lamott and Anna Quindlen come to mind) she captures our hearts and teaches us something new about family, love, and yes, even death.?
–Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Other Impossible Pursuits
?I haven?t become so immediately caught up in or so compelled by a book in ages?Kelly Corrigan?s lightning-fast ability to establish that rare, mysterious bond between book and reader overwhelmed me. There are all sorts of things to be said about her bravery, and about what she can explain to many of us about illness, but this is a wonderful book about being alive.?
–Robb Forman Dew, author of The Truth of the Matter and The Time of Her Life
?The Middle Place is inspiring, luminous, and true. Reading this memoir, I felt like an honorary member of the Corrigan family . . . Kelly Corrigan is a wonderful writer.?
–Luanne Rice, author of What Matters Most
?Kelly Corrigan has a great sense of humor, an honest voice, and a brilliant way of telling it like it is?but that?s just for starters. It?s her heart that really counts. The Middle Place is a love letter to family and home and life.?
–Linda Greenlaw, author of The Hungry Ocean and Slipknot
?Kelly Corrigan’s utterly absorbing memoir, The Middle Place, is wry, smart, and often heart wrenching. Corrigan takes us down memory lane and then, at the same time, down some other, darker road most of us hope never to travel. Yet we follow her all the way, quite willingly, I might add, thanks to her sharp eye for the details and her great sense of humor.?
–Cynthia Kaplan, author of Why I’m Like This and Leave the Building Quickly
?Kelly Corrigan takes what might have been a fairly standard story of survival, and reframed it, most charmingly, as a coming of age narrative. We see here a headstrong girl, under the most severe adversity, turn into a genuinely strong woman.?
–Carolyn See, author of Making a Literary Life
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