By Kelly Corrigan
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From the author of The heart Place comes a brand new memoir that examines the bond—sometimes nourishing, occasionally exasperating, sometimes divine—between moms and daughters.
When Kelly Corrigan was once in highschool, her mom well summarized the relatives dynamic as “Your father’s the glitter yet I’m the glue.” This intended not anything to Kelly, who left adolescence certain that her mom—with her inviolable commandments and proud stoicism—would be not anything greater than historical past chatter for the remainder of Kelly’s existence, which she used to be conscientiously orienting towards event. After university, armed with a backpack, her own venture assertion, and a wad of traveler’s tests, she took off for Australia to work out issues and do issues and develop into Interesting.
But it didn’t prove the way in which she pictured it. In a question of months, her reductions shot, she had a decision: get a role or pass domestic. That’s how Kelly met John Tanner, a newly widowed father of 2 trying to find a live-in nanny. They chatted for an hour, mentioned timing and pay, and every week later, Kelly moved in. And there, in that condominium in a suburb north of Sydney, 10,000 miles from the home the place she used to be raised, her mother’s voice was once unexpectedly in all places, nudging and advising, cautioning and directing, escorting her via a terrain as overseas as any she had ever trekked. on a daily basis she spent with the Tanner young ones was once an afternoon spent reconsidering her courting along with her mom, turning it over in her palms like a shell, straining to listen to no matter what messages can be trapped in its spiral.
it is a ebook concerning the distinction among commute and lifestyles adventure, stepping out and stepping up, fathers and moms. yet as a rule it’s approximately who you appreciate and why, and the way that adjustments over time.
Praise for Glitter and Glue
“I enjoyed this e-book, i used to be moved via this ebook, and now i'm going to percentage this e-book with my very own mother—along with my renewed appreciation for definite accounts of affection that may by no means be repaid.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, New York instances bestselling writer of consume, Pray, Love
“Kelly Corrigan’s considerate and wonderfully rendered meditation invitations readers to mirror all alone launchings and homecomings. I accredited the invitation and realized issues approximately myself. you are going to, too. Isn’t that why we read?”—Wally Lamb, New York occasions bestselling writer of we're Water
“Kelly Corrigan is not any stranger to mining the depths of her middle. . . . [In] Glitter and Glue,Corrigan turns the microscope on her courting together with her personal mom. . . . via her personal adventure of taking care of young ones, she starts, for the 1st time, to understand the advanced girl who raised her.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“Corrigan [is] a full of life, nimble cheerleader for the thrill of family.”—People
“[A] humorous, gleaming memoir.”—More
“Corrigan writes with heat and mild humor.”—The Washington Post
“[An] impossible to resist cocktail of lyrical writing and reliable, necessary insight.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“In this endearing, humorous, and thought-provoking memoir, Kelly Corrigan’s stories of long-ago adventures remove darkness from the altering relationships among moms and children—as good as every thing else that actually matters.”—Gretchen Rubin, New York occasions bestselling writer of The Happiness Project
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