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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857527363
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $37.00
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Separation Anxiety

The hilarious, heartbreaking book that will make you happy-cry




A funny, touching and moving novel for the squeezed generation, caught between growing children, ageing parents and the angst of middle years, 'Hilarious, heart-breaking and thought-provoking....My advice: Start reading and don’t stop until you get to the last page of this wise and wonderful novel..' Alice Hoffman

One of the most anticipated books for 2020 in Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Good Morning American, Glamour, USA Today, Parade, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, and The Millions
If you are looking at your dog and your partner, and wondering if you love the dog more...

Life hasn’t gone according to Judy’s plan. Her career as a children’s book author has taken an embarrassing nose dive. Her teenage son Teddy treats her with a combination of mortification and indifference. Her best friend is dying. And her husband, Gary, has become a pot-addled ‘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.

Gleefully irreverent, tender, funny and uplifting, Separation Anxiety is a novel that celebrates the ‘squeezed generation’; a book filled with heart and humour for anyone fumbling their way towards happiness.

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Praise for Separation Anxiety
‘I enjoyed Separation Anxiety very much... It has a real freshness of voice and though it is very poignant, several parts also made me laugh out loud’ - Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us

‘What a gem of a novel…It's laced with moments of self-doubt and marital mayhem, but also the many small daily acts of mercy and heroism that love inspires.’ - Diane Ackerman
‘Laura Zigman is able to home in on the most tender, revealing, exquisitely painful aspects of our relationships with others and with ourselves. And somehow she manages to come out the other end with hope.’ - Chelsea Handler

'My advice: Start reading and don’t stop until you get to the last page of this wise and wonderful novel.' - Alice Hoffman
‘[Separation Anxiety] is compassionate and funny, articulating with gentle humor the terrible things that we’re all grappling with. To steal a phrase from my daughter, it made me happy-cry.’ - Laura Lippman
'I never imagined that the crossroads of mid-life - with family bereavement, a divorce on the horizon and a son reaching puberty - could be this hilarious and this heartbreaking. Laura Zigman’s “Separation Anxiety” made me laugh again and again.' - Dorthe Nor, Man Booker International shortlisted author of Mirror, Shoulder, Signal

  • Pub date: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857527363
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $37.00

About the Author

Laura Zigman

Laura Zigman is the author of ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, which was a bestseller and was made into the film Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work and Her. She has also been a contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Huffington Post. She lives in Cambrdige, Massachusetts, with her husband, son and deeply human Sheltie.

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Praise for Separation Anxiety

“I enjoyed Separation Anxiety very much... It has a real freshness of voice and though it is very poignant, several parts also made me laugh out loud”

Laura Barmett, author of The Versions of Us

“What a gem of a novel. Separation Anxiety is wickedly funny, heartrending, poignantly wise, and hopeful. he main character, Judy, is hilariously offbeat, yet very easy to identify with, honest and thoughtful, and I loved spending time with her.”

Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife

“Sometimes a book finds its way to you and you just know instantly that this is the book you need now. That’s how I feel about Separation Anxiety. I think it’s the book everyone needs right now. It is compassionate and funny, articulating with gentle humor the terrible things that we’re all grappling with. To steal a phrase from my daughter, it made me happy-cry.”

Laura Lippman

“Separation Anxiety is as hilarious and painful as life itself...a joy to read”

Claire Messud, bestselling author of The Burning Girl and The Emperor’s Children

“I enjoyed Separation Anxiety very much... It has a real freshness of voice and though it is very poignant, several parts also made me laugh out loud”

Laura Barnett, author of The Versions of Us


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