About the Book
Here in the Middle is a collection of essays that gives voice to the complexity of the middle place, sandwiched between love and loss.
The middle years of life are ones of tremendous joy and unchartered challenges. Often times, these are the years when we are pulled in multiple directions, with the needs of our career, marriage, children, aging parents, and friendships all taking a toll on our time and energy. But it can also be a time filled with simple pleasures, deeper connections, and settling into our own skin. Here In The Middle is a collection of essays that gives voice to the complexity of the middle place, sandwiched between love and loss, with thirty-two writers sharing their stories, along with a piece of their heart and soul, so that readers can find acceptance, solace, and understanding.
Advance Praise for Here in the Middle "The curators deftly meld individual writers' voices into a chorus of raw and honest stories. The authors' accounts of how they navigate precious and often complicated relationships will touch readers at any stage of life but will leave others in the sandwich generation feeling understood and connected." Caryn M. Sullivan, Award-winning author of Bitter or Better: Grappling With Life on the Op-Ed Page, inspirational speaker and award-winning columnist "This middle place - in between kids who are growing up too quickly and parents who look to us for help more than we look to them - is messy, confusing and overwhelming. This beautiful collection of essays will remind you that you're far from alone in the experience, and to treasure the days you have together with the people you love most. I'll revisit these pieces again and again!" Jill Smokler, Founder of the parenting website, Scary Mommy and New York Times bestselling author "Here in the Middle is a wonderful collection of essays that explores the uncertainty of middle age and everything that comes with it: love, loss, caregiving and the search for a strand of meaning to carry us through it all." Emily Gurnon, Senior Content Editor, Health and Caregiving, PBS Next Avenue "A glittering collection of stories for anyone struggling with life in the middle." Andra Watkins, NY Times bestselling author of Not Without My Father "The essays in Here in the Middle offer hope, understanding, compassion, and levity for anyone who is simultaneously caring for their children and aging parents. Christine Organ and Julie Jo Severson beautifully weave together stories that reflect on the evolving and sometimes confusing roles of child, then parent, and then... "Here in the Middle," where roles flip-flop, often without notice, leaving those in the middle feeling like they are "neither fully one place nor another," as one mother describes. Kudos to Christine and Julie for compiling this much-needed book, which provides sandwiched parents with a healthy dose of reality, strength, and comfort." Julie Burton, Author of The Self-Care Solution-A Modern Mother's Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being (She Writes Press, 2016) "Here In The Middle plucked at my heartstrings and brought tears to my eyes. Each essay resonated with me as a mom and as a daughter and reminded me that every relationship we fold ourselves into is a unique blessing to be cherished. These relationships are unconditional and everlasting, regardless of how life's pace waxes and wanes. This book can serve to teach something to those who haven't reached the middle quite yet, but for those of us who are there, Here In The Middle makes us feel somehow less alone." Dana Faletti, author of Beautiful Secret