The Middle Place Author:Kelly Corrigan 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 sliv... more »er 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.« less
I absolutely loved this book. I was captivated by the back cover and the lady at the book store, told me she just read it. I found out when I went to pay for it, that it was about a womans struggle with cancer and I wasn't so sure I wanted to buy it, but I had heard how wonderful it was. I am SO glad that I bought it. It was a wonderful read and it wasn't the least bit down, like I thought it was going to be. It was well worth the money I had to pay for it. I highly reccomend this book.
I read this book in a day and a half, and laughed and cried my way through it. Keely Corrgian writes her memoir with honesty, integrity and humor. At the end I found myself wanting to know more about her and her family, she seems like the type of person you could sit and have coffee with and talk for hours. I loved the book and highly recommend it!
Kelly Corrigan and I have many things in common. First, we are Irish American girls raised in a Catholic family. She has 2 older brothers and I have 2 older brothers. Most importantly, we are both breast cancer survivors. Her story is very similar to mine in so many ways. Kelly loves her Dad very, very much. I am also fortunate enough to still have my Dad on this earth, and I indeed love him very much!
Kelly's story is a tale of love and survival. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I read it while on vacation. It was a pick-me-up, not a bring-me-down. It's a story I will never forget!
I like Kelly's writing style, it is like talking to a good friend over a few drinks. the story is sweet/sad, but ultimately happy. i could not relate to a lot of the things she writes about, she certainly is 'daddy's little girl' which i am most def. not.. but there are other parts of the book which i completely related to. i would recommend this book to anyone.
This was a really wonderful book to read. What excellent writing. It is a book about a family dealing with cancer in TWO of its members, but this book is not a downer. You just want to call the protaganist up when you read the last page and get to know her and her family, especially her dad, even better. Great insight into what a life dealing with cancer is all about, but also just an awesome story.
This is a very easy read. I finished it in a couple of days. I loved the book and was able to really identify with the author. Although the subject matter is heavy, the book is very funny. I found myself laughing out loud in parts. A good read.
Really liked this. Kelley is very real and likable and her story of her journey through breast cancer and her history and family makes for a good read and explores good issues for the "sandwich" generations.
You'll LOVE this memoir written by Kelly Corrigan. She presents many of the issues daughters face with their parents and in particular their fathers. This book is filled with true grit humor and love on all fronts. You'll relate to her and feel like she's one of your best friends. A great book to listen to. Be warned; you'll be crying and laughing while you drive.