Review: Glitter and Glue

February 4, 2014 Australia, Ballantine, Kelly Corrigan, memoir, mothers, Random House 3

Written By:  Kelly Corrigan

Published by:  Ballantine Books an imprint of Random House February 4, 2014

Length:  240 Pages

Source:  Edelweiss via publisher in consideration of an honest review

Kelly Corrigan  shares with  us her story of exploration and growth, the post college years.  Kelly likes to say that life happens when you leave the house, and in that vain she and a friend headed out to explore the world, and yet while in Australia they ran out of money.  Seeking work in anything they could find, Kelly became a nanny.  In a twist of fates she met John Tanner, father of two, recently widowed.  What Kelly learns in just a few months will leave her knowing much more about herself, her own mother and the kind of mother she will strive to become.

There is humor and sadness in this book of recollections.  Kelly’s stories of her growing up always make me smile. Her mom was stoic and the one who handled the discipline and day to day running of the household.  She was the one who said of Kelly’s father, aka Greenie, “Your father may be the glitter but I’m the glue.” There is no glamour in being the glue, but you’ve got to have it.

I became a fan of Kelly Corrigan when I read her first book The Middle Place  and it became the book I first reviewed here on my blog in March of 2009.  I loved that book, I’ve given away so many copies I’ve lost count, so many I don’t even have one on my shelf right now.  Kelly writes with the voice of a friend, a woman you want to sit down and have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine with.  She gets you, she gets all the stuff you’ve been through.  She’s  a daughter, sister, friend, wife, mom, cancer survivor and a realist.

This book started out with a story of Kelly needing her mom, and yet reminding her readers that it had not always been like this, because moms and daughters don’t always see eye to eye growing up.  She then tells us about her journey …the one that began when she went to Australia and she was a nanny to children whose mother had recently died.  The story sometimes was slow for me, but always I could sense what Kelly was writing was leading to something, and then as it unfolded for me, I saw it, I felt it and I too began thinking of my own relationship with my mom. When it changed, when it blossomed from my duty of calling home to check in, and my urgency to call home and share news with my mom.

I enjoyed this book very much, and the more I’ve gone back and re-read certain parts the more I like it.  I highly recommend this book, it’s a very quick read, and yet it won’t leave you quickly.

Take the time to visit Kelly Corrigan’s website, tour dates and more information can be found there.  I’m thrilled to finally meet Kelly in just a couple of weeks at the Savannah Book Festival.  Kelly can be found on facebook and twitter too.

One last thing, because I think all of Kelly’s videos are great…one just for Glitter and Glue.

3 Responses to “Review: Glitter and Glue”

  1. Meg @ write meg!

    This sounds wonderful! I’ve never read anything by Corrigan, but I’ve seen many folks enjoying her work through my travels in the blogosphere. I enjoyed your review and will definitely be looking for this one!

  2. Literary Feline

    This sounds like a wonderful book. I’m particularly interest these days in books about mothers and daughters, in part because I am both now and have a daughter of my own.

    Your comment about your own relationship with your mother struck a chord with me. I can’t relate exactly, unfortunately, as I still often feel calls home to check in are an obligation–I still struggle with boundaries and telling my mother no without guilt.

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