Synopses & Reviews
In a coming of age story about a woman who loved being a girl and the things that made her finally grow up, debut memoirist Kelly Corrigan brilliantlycaptures herlarger-than-life, Irish-American, born-salesman father, alongside memories of her childhoodreal, poignant, and often hilariousand her very adult battle with breast cancer. It's about that "middle place" between childhood and adulthood, and how one woman made the leap over to the other side.
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.