The Middle Place
Title: The Middle Place
Author: Kelly Corrigan
Kelly Corrigan is a mother, wife, and newspaper columnist when she discovers a lump in her breast. As she’s undergoing treatment, she finds out her father has cancer, too. This memoir delivers honesty and ultimately is about an adult straddling the lines of mother and daughter, and finding her inner strength.
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.