Alrighty, Chicken Lit’ers! Ready or not, here comes discussion #2 for book #29, The Middle Place. And once again, we’ll be answering a few questions from Kelly Corrigan’s reader guide, because why not? Here goes:
- Given her attachment to her family, why do you think Kelly moves so far away from home at the age of twenty-five? Do you think families need to live physically close to one another to remain emotionally close? Why or why not?
- How does Kelly change when she becomes a parent? In what ways does she choose the family she’s created over the one that created her? Do you think is a common occurrence as we mature into adulthood?
- Do people need crisis—like the illness or death of a parent—to become full-fledged adults? Is it possible to outgrow childhood without losing a parent? In what ways do our parents keep us in the “child” role?
- How does Kelly learn to be sick? How much help do you think she should have accepted from others, and how much should she explain and share with those trying to help? What are the benefits she finds from letting people be involved? How do Kelly’s attitudes about sickness differ from her father’s?
- What is “The Middle Place”? Why is this the title of this book? What does being in The Middle Place mean to Kelly? What does it mean to you?
- Rating alert: On a scale from 1 to 10 (1=hated it, 10=love, love, LOVED), what do you give The Middle Place? Are you interested in reading Kelly Corrigan’s next novel?
Well, what did you think?