Hello, Beach Readers! We hope you’ve enjoyed curling up with Kelly Corrigan’s new memoir, Glitter & Glue, during this all-too-chilly month. We had high hopes for this book–the follow-up to her New York Times Bestseller The Middle Place–and it certainly did not disappoint. With her trademark warmth, wit, and girl next door appeal, Kelly explores mother-dauther relationships and, specifically, how her own mom gradually evolved from someone she found “hard to see, to feel, to want, to love, to like” to the first phone call she wanted to make when she received a heartbreaking medical diagnosis.
Through much of the book, the author takes us back to a transformative time in her life when she played nanny to the children of a widowed father in Australia, their absence of a mother prompting Kelly to start hearing her own mother’s voice of wisdom throughout the home. Through touching flashbacks, Kelly begins to understand exactly why her mother spoke the words, “Your father’s the glitter, but I’m the glue.”
If you haven’t picked up a copy of this sweet book, make sure to grab one here. And don’t forget to join us Saturday, March 1, at 2 pm EST for a live Twitter chat with Kelly, where we’ll be discussing all things Glitter & Glue, plus motherhood, relationships, family, and how she kicks back in her San Fran hometown. Use hashtag #clbookclub to send in your questions! In the meantime, we caught up with Kelly for a few quick questions:
Q&A with Kelly Corrigan
CL: What inspired you to write this memoir that explores the relationship you have with your mother?
KC: Probably the most surprising thing in my life is how much I did not understand about my mother. I had been trying to change her – to make her more liberal, more spendy, more outgoing – for years. I thought I knew better. I thought I was right about many things. Turns out I’m not. Turns out I was overstepping. Turns out there are reasons for her choices and that her choices are perfectly legitimate.
CL: What is the biggest lesson you learned about motherhood while writing this book?
KC: There’s much to be said about my generation’s attitudes and expectations around motherhood, versus our mother’s. And once you see that the things you took as timeless givens are actually trends, it frees you up to make your own decisions about the job.
CL: You live year-round in the San Francisco Bay area. What activities do you like to do with your two daughters there?
KC: My girls are tweens, which means they are very busy, very social, very outward focused. I consider a good weekend one where we take our dog out for a family hike and eat a few meals together between their social and sporting events.