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From thexA0author of The Middle Place comes a new memoir that examines the bondu2014sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divineu2014between mothers and daughters.
When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as u201CYour fatheru2019s the glitter but Iu2019m the glue.u201D This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her momu2014with her inviolable commandments and proud stoicismu2014would be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kellyu2019s life, which she was carefully orienting toward adventure. After college, armed with a backpack, her personal mission statement, and a wad of traveleru2019s checks, she took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting.
But it didnu2019t turn out the way she pictured it. In a matter of months, her savings shot, she had a choice: get a job or go home. Thatu2019s how Kelly met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of two looking for a live-in nanny. They chatted for an hour, discussed timing and pay, and a week later, Kelly moved in. And there, in that house in a suburb north of Sydney, 10,000 miles from the house where she was raised, her motheru2019s voice was suddenly everywhere, nudging and advising, cautioning and directing, escorting her through a terrain as foreign as any she had ever trekked. Every day she spent with the Tanner kids was a day spent reconsidering her relationship with her mother, turning it over in her hands like a shell, straining to hear whatever messages might be trapped in its spiral.
This is a book about the difference between travel and life experience, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and mothers. But mostly itu2019s about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.
Praise for Glitter and Glue
u201CI loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own motheru2014along with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid.u201Du2014Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love
u201CKelly Corriganu2019s thoughtful and beautifully rendered meditation invites readers to reflect on their own launchings and homecomings. I accepted the invitation and learned things about myself. You will, too. Isnu2019t that why we read?u201Du2014Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water
u201CKelly Corrigan is no stranger to mining the depths of her heart. . . . [In]xA0Glitter and Glue,Corrigan turns the microscope on her relationship with her own mother. . . . Through her own experience of caring for children, she begins, for the first time, to appreciate the complex woman who raised her.u201Du2014O: The Oprah Magazine
u201CCorrigan [is] a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family.u201Du2014People
u201C[A] funny, sparkling memoir.u201Du2014More
u201CCorrigan writes with warmth and delicate humor.u201Du2014The Washington Post
u201C[An] irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight.u201Du2014San Francisco Chronicle
u201CIn this endearing, funny, and thought-provoking memoir, Kelly Corriganu2019s memories of long-ago adventures illuminate the changing relationships between mothers and childrenu2014as well as everything else that really matters.u201Du2014Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project
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