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  • Published: 5 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473579347
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Separation Anxiety

The funny, heart-breaking 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, 'Separation Anxiety is a hilarious, heart-breaking and thought-provoking portrait of a difficult marriage, as fierce as it is funny.....My advice: Start reading and don’t stop until you get to the last page of this wise and wonderful novel..' Alice Hoffman

Judy never intended to start wearing the dog. But when she stumbled across her son Teddy’s old baby sling during a halfhearted basement cleaning, something in her snapped. So: the dog went into the sling, Judy felt connected to another living being, and she’s repeated the process every day since.

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 nose dive. 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.

Wickedly funny and surprisingly tender, Separation Anxiety offers a frank portrait of the 'squeezed generation', examining the ebb and flow of life’s most important relationships. Tapping into the insecurities and anxieties that most of us keep under wraps, and with a voice that is at once gleefully irreverent and genuinely touching, Laura Zigman has crafted a new classic for anyone taking fumbling steps toward happiness.

"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)

  • Pub date: 5 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473579347
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

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

“Written with such humour and heart that’ll make you laugh out loud and have a little sob simultaneously.”

STYLIST

“Incisive, acerbic, but also a book that’s kind to its characters… a must-read.”

RED magazine

“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

“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

“The light from Laura Zigman’s new novel, “Separation Anxiety,” is generated by a kind of literary nuclear fusion: an intense compression of grief and humor.... [Zigman] has a great humorist’s eye for the comedy we’ve seen but overlooked”

Washington Post

“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

“There are some very funny moments, but it’s also insightful about midlife disappointment and starting over.”

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

“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.”

New York Observer

“Separation Anxiety] imparts a life-affirming vigor... Judy is a natural comedian and Zigman has gifted her with a fiercely singular voice.”

Boston Globe

“A warm-hearted, acutely-observed and knowing revelation of what it feels like when everything starts to go south.”

WI LIFE


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