The Middle Place

By Kelly Corrigan
Read by Tavia Gilbert

7.48 Hours 06/25/2005 unabridged
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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.

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Summary

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A New York Times Bestseller

A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2008 for Nonfiction

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Who ever heard of a page-turning memoir about a functional family? Come for the writing, stay for the life-and-death drama. Or vice versa. Either way, you won’t regret it.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Bravely reveals the frightened daughter inside the grown-up wife and mother.” Elle
“Those learning to accept their own adulthood might find strength-and humor-in Corrigan’s feisty memoir.” Publishers Weekly
“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.” Winston-Salem Journal
“Tavia Gilbert’s performance fully captures Corrigan’s youthful exuberance, shock, and evolving maturity…Her father’s boisterous energy and expansive can-do personality are also brought vividly to life.” AudioFile
 “An optimistic celebration of life, love, and family…Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Heart-wrenching and humorous…The text is well written and poignantly read by Tavia Gilbert, whose narration brings out the personalities and feelings of the main characters: Corrigan’s ebullient father, her worried mother, her loving husband, and her supportive brothers.”  Library Journal audio review
“A cancer survivor’s memoir with a welcome twist: a laughter-filled celebration of family…Warm, funny and a touch bittersweet.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Kelly Corrigan

Kelly Corrigan is a newspaper columnist and photographer and author of several New York Times bestsellers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and their two daughters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English