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Middle Place

K E L LY C O R R I G A N H

Most everything I do these days is dedicated to Edward and the girls,

but this book is for Phoebe,

who wouldn’t let it go.

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Contents

Prologue

The thing you need to know about me is that…

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Part One

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Chapter One

August is a terrible time to be born.

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Chapter Two

I grew up on Wooded Lane, just a mile from…

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Chapter Three

I wake up with Georgia just inches from my nose,…

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Chapter Four

It is one thing to be a man’s wife—quite another…

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Chapter Five

It’s 4:32 A.M. Five hours and twenty-eight minutes until my...

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Chapter Six

The bravest thing I ever did was kill a snake...

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Chapter Seven

On Monday morning, a week after I found the lump,...

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Chapter Eight

It’s good, like a miracle is good, to know that…

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Chapter Nine

My dad is on his way to Oakland, probably clad…

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Chapter Ten

All things considered, I’d rather have warning that something

bad…

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Chapter Eleven

The sounds of the Infusion Center are hushed and infrequent,…

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Chapter Twelve

My first prom, and I didn’t even mention it to…

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Chapter Thirteen

“Are you surprised that I haven’t lost my hair yet?”...

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Chapter Fourteen

Even when he said no, my dad was an easy…

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Chapter Fifteen

“I’m okay. I can take care of things,” I promise…

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Chapter Sixteen

Amelia Taylor was seven when her mom died. I met…

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Chapter Seventeen

There is fear, like the moment before a car accident…

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Chapter Eighteen

After a year on foreign soils, there were only five…

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Chapter Nineteen

So my mom calls tonight and mentions that my dad…

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Part Two

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Chapter Twenty

I had never missed a Christmas on Wooded Lane, so…

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Chapter Twenty-one

My dad has cancer. Again. It’s been confirmed now by…

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Chapter Twenty-two

If you want to feel good or you need twenty…

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Chapter Twenty-three

Everyone assumes my genes are to blame for my cancer 149

Chapter Twenty-four

On the day I shook Edward Lichty’s hand for the…

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Chapter Twenty-five

I’m stewing about the ongoing delays in my dad’s treatment.

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Chapter Twenty-six

When I took my first job after college, Big George…

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Chapter Twenty-seven

If only I could get to Philadelphia, go to the…

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Chapter Twenty-eight

The conversation, whether about an upcoming party, a job interview,…

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Chapter Twenty-nine

One of the men who did't love me quite as…

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Chapter Thirty

I like to think no one approaches motherhood gracefully.

Personally...

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Chapter Thirty-one

I was so surprised I couldn’t speak. I just pushed…

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Chapter Thirty-two

One good visit with your parents can make you want…

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Chapter Thirty-three

The way I see it, if you have four kids,…

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Chapter Thirty-four

Once, when I was seven months pregnant, Edward and I…

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Chapter Thirty-five

“Kelly Corrigan!” a voice calls out to me as I…

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Chapter Thirty-six

About five months after Claire arrived, my body having fully…

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Chapter Thirty-seven

When you have cancer, or really any big crisis, you…

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Chapter Thirty-eight

“I like this house,” Georgia said to our Realtor, Nancy.

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Chapter Thirty-nine

I had imagined bringing flowers or cookies, but when the…

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Epilogue

On August 4, 2005, after seven months of radiation and…

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Acknowledgments

About the Author

Credits

Cover

Copyright

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H PROLOGUE

The thing you need to know about me is that I am George Corrigan’s daughter, his only daughter. You may have met him, in which case just skip this part. If you haven’t, I’ll do what I can to describe him, but really, you should try to meet him.

He’s Catholic. That’s the first thing he’d want you to know about him. Goes to church many times a week. Calls it “God’s House” and talks about it in loyal, familiar terms, the way the Irish talk about their corner pub. It’s his local. When he was seventy, he became a eucharistic minister, so he helps Father Rich hand out the host a couple times a week. Sometimes, a parishioner named Lynnie looks at him with a certain peace in her eyes, and when my dad tells me about it, he gets misty.

You also need to know about the lacrosse thing. He’s in the Hall of Fame, partly because he was an all-American in 1953

and 1954 but mostly because now, in his retirement, he marches up and down the field of my old high school, Radnor, side by

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side with a guy thirty years his junior, coaching the kids who want to be lacrosse stars. I’ve watched a hundred games sitting next to him; both my brothers played for years. Not being an athlete myself, I am amused by how attached he is to the game.

He remembers every play and can talk about a single game for hours. The words don’t mean much to me, but the emotion needs no translation.

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Alice
Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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