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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.
A nice book for daughters who are growing up and see their moms quite differently as a result of just experiencing life.Published 10 hours ago by anne leedy
This book rating is actually a 3.5 stars. It was enjoyable, entertaining, easy to read and fulfilling as a daughter and mother. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Suzanne E. Tiller
A relatable memoir that is open and honest and easy to read. My college age daughter enjoyed it too!Published 4 days ago by leslie boris
Thought provoking insight into motherhood and mother-daughter relationships. It made me think of my own struggles with my Mother and daughter.Published 4 days ago by PJL
Great read. After "The Middle Place" blew me away with its candor and humor, I found her follow-up, "Lift" pretty unsatisfying, but the old Kelly Corrigan is back... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Blue Boat
Similar to The Middle Place in its acute observations of human interaction, Glitter and Glue explores the unique and complicated relationship a daughter has with her mother. Bravo!Published 6 days ago by Fallulah T Goodenov
The worse part about reading a book by Kelly Corrigan is that it's never enough. I want her stories to go on forever. I'll be here Kelly Corrigan, waiting on your next book. .. Read morePublished 8 days ago by lisa marie
How nice to read about a daughter's coming of age and learning to appreciate her mother.Published 9 days ago by Kerri Stahl