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Separation Anxiety: A Novel Hardcover – March 3, 2020
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“A quirky novel that’s as hilarious as it is touching and wise.” (People)
"[Separation Anxiety] imparts a life-affirming vigor... Judy is a natural comedian and Zigman has gifted her with a fiercely singular voice.... If the book nails life’s more challenging moments, it also captures an astonishing level of empathy." (Boston Globe)
“You root for Zigman’s decent and vulnerable characters even while wanting to give them a good shake…. [Judy] is a familiar, self-deprecating, likable protagonist.” (New York Times Book Review )
"[A] novel about stress, release, and the unlikely places we turn to for comfort in uncertain times." (Vogue)
“A triumph of friendship and storytelling . . . Separation Anxiety confronts the stark plateau of middle age with humor and grace. It’s a book that transforms fractured domesticity into a more honest sense of community and selfhood with great wit and enormous heart. The catharsis it offers is both real and satisfying.” (New York Observer)
"A world where motherhood, wifely duties, and career aspirations take hard twists and turns. With plenty of snark and a dash of humor, [Zigman] shows just how real the struggle bus is, perfect for readers who like a heroine with a messy life. (Booklist)
"Deeply affecting." (Real Simple)
"A hilarious yet thought-provoking exploration of the middle-aged limbo.... With wit and tenderness, Zigman explores life's most important relationships as they develop and change over time."
(Emma Straub on TODAY)
"That’s Laura Zigman’s comic genius, that she can take the stuff of mid-life misery and make it not just relatable but downright funny." (Christian Science Monitor)
About the Author
Laura Zigman is the author of Animal Husbandry (which was made into the movie, Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work and Her. She has been a contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, produced a popular online series of animated videos, "Annoying Conversations," and was the recipient of a Yaddo residency. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, son, and deeply human Sheltie.
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006290907X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062909077
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.97 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Ecco (March 3, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #72,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life hasn’t gone according to Judy’s plan. Her career as a children’s book author offered a glimpse of success before taking an embarrassing nosedive. Teddy, now a teenager, treats her with some combination of mortification and indifference. Her best friend is dying. And her husband, Gary, has become a pot-addled professional “snackologist” who she can’t afford to divorce. On top of it all, she has a painfully ironic job writing articles for a self-help website—a poor fit for someone seemingly incapable of helping herself.
My Thoughts: From the beginning of Separation Anxiety, we connect with Judy’s voice as she shares her sometimes snarky and often humorous thoughts about life, loss, and anxiety, while struggling to find new ways to cope. Wearing the dog might seem drastic or even weird, but to Judy, it makes perfect sense. She deals with the reactions of people to her choice, while still trying to find other ways to overcome her writer’s block and her marital woes.
I liked Judy and kept rooting for her to find another way to deal with the stress, something that wouldn’t necessarily make her anxiety so visible, but as time passed, it all made sense. In the end, I loved how she and Gary began to reconnect in new ways. An intriguing portrait of a marriage. 4.5 stars.