Book Club Kit: The Middle Place

The Middle PlaceThe Middle Place
by Kelly Corrigan
First Published: 2008
6 Copies & Reading Guide

At thirty-six, Kelly Corrigan had a marriage that worked, a couple of funny, active kids, and a weekly newspaper column. But even as a thriving adult, Kelly still saw herself as George Corrigan’s daughter. Kelly lives 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 she’s abruptly shoved into a coming-of-age when she finds a lump in her breast — and gets the diagnosis no one wants to hear. And so Kelly’s journey to full-blown adulthood begins. When George, too, learns he has late-stage cancer, it is Kelly’s turn to take care of the man who had always taken care of her — and show us a woman as she finally takes the leap and grows up.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Info about the Book & Author, Reviews, and Discussion Questions


O, The Oprah Magazine – “The Daughter’s Dilemma” by Cathleen Medwick
San Francisco Chronicle – “Kelly Corrigan Gets Sick, Grows Up in The Middle Place” by Regan McMahon

On the Web:
Official Author Website –
Video – Transcending: Words on Women and Strength
Watch more of Kelly’s videos on YouTube.

If you enjoyed The Middle Place, you might like:
Lift by Kelly Corrigan
The Wednesday Sisters (Book Club Kit) by Meg Waite Clayton
The Glass Castle (Book Club Kit) by Jeannette Walls
The Council of Dads (Book Club Kit) by Bruce Feiler


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