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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,411 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kelly Corrigan Narrator: Tavia Gilber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Who ever heard of a page-turning memoir about a functional family? Come for the writing, stay for the life-and-death drama. Or vice versa. Either way, you won’t regret it.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Bravely reveals the frightened daughter inside the grown-up wife and mother.”


  • “Those learning to accept their own adulthood might find strength-and humor-in Corrigan’s feisty memoir.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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

  • “Tavia Gilbert’s performance fully captures Corrigan’s youthful exuberance, shock, and evolving maturity…Her father’s boisterous energy and expansive can-do personality are also brought vividly to life.”


  •  “An optimistic celebration of life, love, and family…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Heart-wrenching and humorous…The text is well written and poignantly read by Tavia Gilbert, whose narration brings out the personalities and feelings of the main characters: Corrigan’s ebullient father, her worried mother, her loving husband, and her supportive brothers.” 

    Library Journal audio review

  • “A cancer survivor’s memoir with a welcome twist: a laughter-filled celebration of family…Warm, funny and a touch bittersweet.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2008 for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa Ryan | 2/19/2014

    " Loved this book. It looks at the reality of dealing with all the complexities of real life, what is happening to you, your parents and your kids all at the same time. We rarely get the chance to deal with one at a time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mindy Hawley | 2/8/2014

    " Excellent! A great read for anyone whose life has been touched by a sister, cousin, friend's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Author's style is humorous, honest and engaging. Thanks, my friend, Mary! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura Hess | 2/4/2014

    " Cancer, father daughter memoir, very readable, affecting but not deep "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pam | 2/2/2014

    " I loved this non-fiction book. She's a wife, mother, writer who's diagnosed with cancer and her dad get s cancer diagnoses at the same time. I truly appreciate that she chose to share her journey with her readers! "

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