Separation Anxiety by: Laura Zigman

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

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 

Entertainment Weekly * Cosmopolitan * USA Today * Real Simple * Parade * Buzzfeed * Glamour

From bestselling author Laura Zigman, a hilarious novel about a wife and mother whose life is unraveling and the well-intentioned but increasingly disastrous steps she takes to course-correct her relationships, her career, and her belief in herself

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 middle-aged limbo, 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.

My Review

About 20 years ago, I read Animal Husbandry by Laura Zigman and loved it. I have reread that book and watched the movie adaptation renamed “Someone Like You” many times. When I saw that this new release was coming out, I didn’t hesitate to request an advanced copy.

Judy is a 50 year old wife, mother and friend. Her career as an author showed initial success and then the floor dropped from under her. Her parents became ill and passed away, her relationship with her husband is more than strained and she feels so alone. That feeling is so intense that she decides to wear the family dog in a baby sling around her body.

Quirky and fun, this was an entertaining read. However, the realness of Judy and her struggles doesn’t go unnoticed. She is easy to relate to and someone you want to help at the same time.

I had a great time reading this and couldn’t put it down.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

I received this E-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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