Review: The Middle Place


The Middle Place

By Kelly Corrigan
Publisher: Voice
Pub. Date: December 2008
ISBN-13: 9781401340933
288pp

Here’s the blurb from Barnes and Noble:

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.

The Short of It:

A beautifully written memoir that touches the heart and leaves you wanting more. Funny, poignant, and incredibly moving. I could not put it down.

My Thoughts:

I read this book in the course of two days. Once I started it, I simply had to finish it. Kelly Corrigan is actually quite funny. She writes effortlessly and even though her story centers around her battle with cancer, it’s also very much a story about family and what it means to her. Her relationship with her father, Greenie, was so vividly described that I felt as if I knew him personally. This is a wonderful story of hope and perseverance. It’s incredibly uplifting and empowering as well. I laughed and cried. I just can’t say enough about this book.

This book was sent to me by Jennifer over at Book Club Girl in preparation for the Blog Talk show with the author. The show is scheduled for this Wednesday, 5/27 at 7pm EST. If you’d like to participate, click here for more information. I can’t wait to hear Kelly speak.

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17 thoughts on “Review: The Middle Place”

  1. I am hearing wonderful things about this book. I will have to listen to the author chat — they are always interesting.

  2. WOW, it sounds great!! Thanks so much for sharing. I have seen this around and it seems to be calling my name!

    I keep hearing great things about it.Isn’t it fun to love a book?? Way cool.

  3. I’ve been wanting to read this book since I first heard about it. Cancer has hit close to home both in my family and among my friends. It’s a subject close to my heart.

  4. Sorry you’ve been feeling bad, but the only up side to being sick is plenty of reading time! I don’t read a lot of memoirs, but sounds like this is one to check out.

  5. Great review, Ti. I really want to read this one. It sound like a very *real* book.
    How are you feeling today, by the way?
    *smiles*
    Kim

  6. My book club read it and we all enjoyed it. Some loved it, some just liked it, but all in all a good read that gave us lot’s of great subjects to discuss!

  7. I have this one but have not had a chance to read it yet. Up to the near top of my pile it goes. Great review.

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