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I’m Irish. That must be where the luck comes from, the luck required to find a publisher after filling diaries and journals for thirty years, first in a gingham wonderland from Sears, then in a dorm room in Virginia, finally in a fixer-upper near Oakland, California.
My first book, The Middle Place, was about my father, Greenie, who was very sick at the same time that I was very sick. Next, in 2010, I tried to capture what it has been to my daughters’ mother in Lift. Finally, with Glitter and Glue, my mother gets her due. Now, Mary Corrigan is a complicated topic, as most mothers are. Think stoic, gritty, unbending; one part saint, two parts sergeant. Or, as she put it, “Your father’s the glitter, but I’m the glue. It takes both, Kelly.”
I hope that somehow, given the toppling pile of books on your nightstand, you can find an evening to spare for this story of how I came to wonder who my mom was before I arrived, what motherhood had done to her and who she had become since I left home. Parenthood is so distorting; we all deserve a second, longer look.
Lovely story that I can relate to with my own mother daughter relationship. Great book to a young woman to read before she has kids because of its honesty. Read morePublished 1 day ago by AC
It was an OK read about the relationship between a mother and daughter. The daughter saw the mother as the glue in the family and the father the glitter.Published 12 days ago by Janet A Beall
A very light but engaging memoir. An interesting study of a woman's changing relationship with her mother as she progresses through different stages of her own life.Published 16 days ago by Loretta McCaffrey
Heartwarming story, realistic, humorous, and natural. Heard the author at a book talk, and she was even better.Published 25 days ago by Eileen Gehsmann
I really enjoyed his book. It was a pick for our book club...being a mom I really connected to it. Didn't LOVE how it ended, but the entire book flew byPublished 1 month ago by Noelle Moreno
This is a true story about a young woman who realizes how important her mother is to her while she was working as a nanny to two recently motherless children. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Serena