Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

I just finished reading "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan. I picked it up from the library, after seeing it featured in just about every email I get from Borders and Barnes and Noble. I figured it had to be good if they were all talking about it.

Honestly, I had a hard time getting into it at first. In part, because of the subject matter. Young mother of two young children gets cancer. Just the thought of that puts total fear down my spine. It's not often that the subject matter of a book will scare me away, but this had an affect on me I wouldn't have predicted. After I was able to get over that hump, I was able to enjoy the writing, which is simple yet enjoyable. The last two days, I sprinted through the book to polish it off, wanting to know what would happen.

Ms. Corrigan seamlessly weaves between her current life and her childhood, telling stories of her larger than life father and Irish family, and later of her early married life and early days as a mother. I really enjoyed the backstory, and I really enjoyed how her emotions leapt off the page.

This was definitely a good read, I would recommend it. I don't think it's the kind of book I would read again, so it was a good library book in that respect, but it was still a book I'm glad to have read.

The next book I'm reading will be either "New Moon" by Stefanie Meyer (the second "Twilight" book) or "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs, which has sat on my nightstand for quite a long time.

So what are you reading? Tell me about it in your comments!


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