Middle Place

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The Middle Place:  A lump in the breast.  Worry. Fear. What about my children?  Then something even worse.  Dad has cancer (again).  This is even more devastating.  The result: feeling caught in the “middle place”–trying to fulfill the roles of both mother and daughter.

Book Trailer for The Middle Place:


The Author:  You’ll learn a lot about Kelly Corrigan from reading this book  Here are some basic facts about her to get you started: She was born August 16, 1967, and she is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Edward, and their two daughters.  For more about Kelly, visit her website were you will find excerpts of her writing and scads of videos of her reading her work and being interviewed.

Quote from the book:

“Appreciation is the purest,strongest form of love. It is the outward-bound kind of love that asks for nothing and gives everything.”
 Kelly Corrigan, The Middle Place 


Topics for discussion that the book will bring up include:

  • What it means to be an adult–is it something that happens automatically with age, or with certain life experiences, or is it something else altogether.
  • The impact that our parents and the events of our childhoods have on us as adults, especially when we become parents ourselves.
  • What it means to be in “the middle place”.
More discussion questions can be found at http://www.kellycorrigan.com/bookclubs.php


This book shares the stories of two people whose lives are touched by cancer.  Your group may have some people with their own cancer survival stories to share.  Perhaps this will inspire your group to volunteer or contribute to an organization that supports cancer research.  Here are some local groups you might consider:


How did Kelly’s story about the unique way her family handled their crisis with cancer inspire you (or did it)?  If you or your group volunteered or did something to support cancer victims please share in the comments below.