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The Middle Place Paperback – December 23, 2008
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"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
"Bravely reveals the frightened daughter inside the grown-up wife and mother."―Elle
"Come for the writing, stay for the drama. Or vice-versa. Either way, you won't regret it."―San Francisco Chronicle
Top Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved the first half of the book. I truly did. It was a real, moving, lovely tribute to her dad, known as "Greenie". The anecdotes about him and her early growing up years were so funny. Her description of her family members was so detailed and she gave so many humorous accounts of them, I felt as if I knew them. I also thought how much I would love to have Kelly as a friend. She sounded funny, spunky, and real. If she had stopped the book right there, just as a wonderful reminiscence of her life growing up with her family, I would not be writing what I am about to write.
But just past the second half of the book, the writer's tone and the content becomes whiny, self indulgent, leaving the author sounding like a spoiled child who needs to grow up. She recounts several seemingly unrelated episodes in which she is either bemoaning someone's insensitivity to her needs or is patting herself on the back for how strong she is when she needs to be. Her example of her strength? When she was in the delivery room, she kept screaming "I can't do it!" when it was time to push. But in the end, she stepps up to the plate and pushed, giving birth to her child! What else was she going to do, NOT have the baby?! It is the self-congratulatory way she perceives herself in this instance that is irritating.Read more ›
With over 200 reviews, I'll go light on the synopsis. As others point out, the first half is devoted to Ms. Corrigan's childhood with great focus on her charismatic, popular father. It then segue ways into recounting her adult life as she faces breast cancer, her concern at leaving behind two young girls, and the added burden of dealing with her father's diagnosis of cancer and treatment. There is no question that this would be is overwhelming.
I was intrigued by the story having lost three dear friends to cancer. Two died in their early 30's leaving behind very young children. Shortly following the loss of my 32 yr. old neighbor, I watched the struggle and eventual loss a year later, of my woman I befriend, whom I nursed and stepped into the role of: preparing meals; laundry; cleaning; running errands; taking to doctor appointments; middle of the night calls; financial support; taking her children on excursions and even started a Christmas fund for her four (4) young children. She died a long, agonizing death at only 34 weighing 67 pounds having lost more than 150 pounds (this is what happens when you have no health insurance).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I laughed out loud, I cried, I was inspired ... I couldn't put the book down. Great story that kept me wondering all the way to the end.Published 22 days ago by Page Turner
Like Kelly Corrigan , I am a breast cancer survivor. Even though I have been cancer-free for over 15 years, this book brought it all back. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cliffie.H-B
I just finished this book and it looks like from reading some of the other reviews I could just put a set of ditto marks and leave it at that. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Betty J. Wyren
Why did I wait so long to read this book? It is a beautifully written tribute to love, family, parenting, growing up, and growing older. Read morePublished 6 months ago by constant reader
The Middle Place will make you want to go home and hug your kids!Published 10 months ago by Eric A. Graves