From theÂ author of The Middle Place comes a new memoir that examines the bondâsometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divineâbetween mothers and daughters.
When Kelly Corrigan was in high school, her mother neatly summarized the family dynamic as âYour fatherâs the glitter but Iâm the glue.â This meant nothing to Kelly, who left childhood sure that her momâwith her inviolable commandments and proud stoicismâwould be nothing more than background chatter for the rest of Kellyâs life, which she was carefully orienting toward adventure. After college, armed with a backpack, her personal mission statement, and a wad of travelerâs checks, she took off for Australia to see things and do things and Become Interesting.
But it didnât 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. Thatâs 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 motherâs 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 itâs about who you admire and why, and how that changes over time.
Praise for Glitter and Glue
âI loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own motherâalong with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid.ââElizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love
âKelly Corriganâs 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. Isnât that why we read?ââWally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water
âKelly Corrigan is no stranger to mining the depths of her heart. . . . [In]Â Glitter 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.ââO: The Oprah Magazine
âCorrigan [is] a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family.ââPeople
â[A] funny, sparkling memoir.ââMore
âCorrigan writes with warmth and delicate humor.ââThe Washington Post
â[An] irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight.ââSan Francisco Chronicle
âIn this endearing, funny, and thought-provoking memoir, Kelly Corriganâs memories of long-ago adventures illuminate the changing relationships between mothers and childrenâas well as everything else that really matters.ââGretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project
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