The Bottom Line
- Well-written, conversational prose
- Loving and honest portrayal of family life
- Sandwich Generation issues will be familiar to many readers
- Dual stories of father and daughter's cancer battles
- A couple of secondary stories are left hanging, causing reader frustration
- Author: Kelly Corrigan
- Publisher: Voice, a division of Hyperion
- ISBN 978-1-4013-0336-5
- Copyright: 2008
- List price: $23.95
- Book Details: 272 pages, 39 chapters, hardcover
- Author's Website: www.kellycorrigan.com
Guide Review - Book Review - The Middle Place
As a breast cancer patient, she isn't a great example. Either her oncologist forgot to advise her, or she forgot to ask about chemotherapy's effect on future fertility. On completing treatment she learns that she can't go on to have more children, and she is shocked and saddened. Kelly openly documents how much alcohol she consumes, before and during treatment, and then admits to hedging her replies when a nutritionist counsels her about the effects of alcohol on her risk levels. Also, she admits to avoiding cooking and exercise, and pokes fun at those who do. I want to turn back the clock for her, and make her more proactive about her health, force her to ask her doctors more questions in advance.
Kelly Corrigan writes brisk, snappy prose with humor-tinged truth packed into every paragraph. Her accounts of mother-daughter fights are genuine and don't flatter either person. But when she talks about her dad, well, she just flat makes me jealous. Indefatigably cheerful, positive, faithful, and always on her side against the world, George is truly the star of this book. Every girl should have such a father.