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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kelly Corrigan Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455189854
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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.”

    Elle

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  •  “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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Truluck | 1/20/2014

    " unbeleivable book. so close to home for me! I absolutely loved her style of writing. Easy read but really grabbed you in!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawnt | 1/17/2014

    " I could not put this book down. I thoroughly enjoyed it, felt like she was my best friend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 1/12/2014

    " such a good story! lot's of bookmarks for gems, not only the thoughts but the way they are expressed. about being "caught" in the middle between your own children and aging parents... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 1/12/2014

    " This book started off as a 5, something that took me in immediately. But the last 60 pages or so dropped it down to about a 3.5. It was only 230 pages, a quick read --- interesting, inspirational, honest. The story is true, and is about a 30 something woman getting breast cancer, and her dad shortly thereafter battling cancer for the 3rd time. In Middle Place is about being a grown woman, with children and yet being a child helpless in not being able to care for your parents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally | 1/8/2014

    " About the only new thing this book had to offer was how close this author was to her Dad. Her breast cancer ordeal was so lightly/humorously handled, I felt like I was at a stand-up comedy club listening in. Weird book, and I don't know who I would recommend it to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 1/7/2014

    " Does it sounds crass to say a book about dealing with cancer and an aging parent is "light" and "easy to read"? My brilliant sister-in-law recommended this book and by the time I got to page 20 I was already hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Friese-hassanein | 1/2/2014

    " A complete comfort to me!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carleen | 1/1/2014

    " I adore this book. I read it last month and I'm still thinking about it. It's one of the few books that actually made me laugh out loud... and this from a book that is about some serious life issues. Heartfelt, and moving, but also entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat Schooley | 12/25/2013

    " This book is not just for cancer patients. It is about family and relationships. The author is a writer so it has a wonderful flow about it. I couldn't put it down, but when I had to, it was easy to pick up again. I had a great father, but I came to love "Greenie" is this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mae | 12/23/2013

    " Fantastic writing! Funny, sad and real. Enjoyed her honesty and her family. Almost made you wish you were her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacee | 11/16/2013

    " Quick, easy read about a woman trying to find her place in adulthood. Parenthood is never easy, especially when you up the ante and include taking care of your own parents. Loved the authors wit and humor in the light of life's challenges. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sbp44012 | 9/14/2013

    " Enjoyed. Light-hearted even though she grapples with some challenges. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patti | 9/9/2013

    " I loved this book - I couldn't put it down and was up all night reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marley | 8/21/2013

    " A very moving memoir about a woman's battle with breast cancer, while her dear dad fights his own cancer. It's a loving look at marriage and family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/25/2013

    " This is a memoir about cancer and family... but it is funny and uplifting, surprisingly. The author's father is one of the most lovable characters I have ever seen in a book! A beautiful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Majbritt Schmidt | 7/1/2012

    " By far the best book I have read in a long time. It is a very uplifting and easy book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 6/28/2012

    " Thanks, Shelb! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 6/2/2012

    " I couldn't put this book down. It made me laugh... and cry. It made me nostalgic for my childhood. I really enjoyed Corrigan's writing style. Closing the book after the last page feels like saying goodbye to an old friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alec Shipley | 5/15/2012

    " A great book that used humour and fantastic prose to tell a story about learning to deal with cancer. It was also neat that I know one of the people mentioned in her book.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jrohrbach | 5/6/2012

    " Excellent. Kelly Corrigan shares her breast cancer and adds stories from her youth to make a great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne Howard | 2/25/2012

    " It was ok. I greatly admired her courage with battling breast cancer. But by the end of the book she got on my nerves, I found her self centered, naive and almost arrogant. And I didn't like the way she treated her mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tassa | 1/2/2012

    " I enjoyed this story about a family dealing with breast cancer. I would have given another star but for some foul language. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alberta | 12/9/2011

    " A funny, sad memoir of Kelly, a woman who has breast cancer. The writings of the book jump around a lot, which at times make it hard to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Davenport | 11/28/2011

    " This was the perfect thing to read on the plane to a visit with my parents, sister and her kids. My parents have had cancer 3 times altogether and luckily have made it through. Time spent with 3 generations right now is precious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 11/19/2011

    " Funny, heart-warming, real and refreshing! I don't even know this author, but I'm pretty sure we'd be great friends (just based off her book). MUST READ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magda | 10/9/2011

    " More promising than it delivered, although it did make me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 6/26/2011

    " Validating. Humorous. Entertaining. Real "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth | 6/6/2011

    " "The Middle Place" is the place between childhood and adulthood and the book is part memoir part cancer chronicle. It was nice and all, but the swearing was a definite drawback. Barely a 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/22/2011

    " Another favorite slice of life book. I loved the way the author wrote about very real, difficult things that eventually happen to all of us in one form another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lonica | 5/15/2011

    " Interesting read about one woman and her battle with cancer. Well written and entertaining. Some foul language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel | 5/2/2011

    " good book, super easy and quick read. both sad and funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/27/2011

    " This was a fairly quick read. Characters are well developed and the reader gets to know them. I loved Ed as much or more than the Green Man! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mollie | 4/25/2011

    " When I first started this book I thought for a second it might be a really depressing read. I quickly learned that was not the case. A big part of the book is about Kelly and her fathers fights with cancer but to me the main focus was the great relationship between a girl and her dad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 4/15/2011

    " This was the perfect thing to read on the plane to a visit with my parents, sister and her kids. My parents have had cancer 3 times altogether and luckily have made it through. Time spent with 3 generations right now is precious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/12/2011

    " The middle place is "that sliver of time when parenthood and childhood overlap." Book is about dealing w/ breast cancer and her relationship w/ her father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisaager | 4/8/2011

    " Well written and a great story. "

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About the Author
Author Kelly CorriganKelly Corrigan is the author of The Middle Place, a New York Times bestseller. She is a YouTube sensation whose beloved “Transcending” video was sent woman-to-woman to more than 4 million viewers. She is also a contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine and Good Housekeeping, and is the founder of circusofcancer.org. She lives outside San Francisco with her husband and children.
About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time Audie nominee and the recipient of thirteen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, Tavia is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible recently named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of this highly acclaimed actress, “as close as you can get to a full cast narration with a solo voice.” Tavia is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.