‘Quirky, comic, honest’ MARIAN KEYES
‘Funny and charming’ JUDY BLUME
‘Wise and wonderful’ ALICE HOFFMAN
‘Written with such humour and heart’ STYLIST
‘A must read’ RED
If you’ve ever wondered whether you love your dog more than your partner…
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 has enough to deal with. 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 contemporary novel that celebrates the ‘squeezed generation’; a book filled with heart and humour for anyone fumbling their way towards happiness.
Praise for Separation Anxiety
‘I adored this wise, funny, sad, quirky story…It’s brilliant on the stories we tell ourselves and others in order to resist change, while beating ourselves up about not taking steps towards a happier future. Heartbreaking and life-affirming.’ Daily Mail
‘Separation Anxiety was exactly what I needed for a change of pace, funny and charming’ – Judy Blume
‘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
‘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
‘So sweetly funny, so very touching.’ Sainsburys magazine
‘My advice: Start reading and don’t stop until you get to the last page of this wise and wonderful novel.’ – Alice Hoffman
‘[A] novel about stress, release, and the unlikely places we turn to for comfort in uncertain times’ – Vogue
‘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
‘[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
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 * There are some very funny moments, but it's also insightful about midlife disappointment and starting over. * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * 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 * 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 * 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 * 'Both poignant and giggle-inducing, this is a wry look at what happens when life doesn't quite pan out as you'd hoped' * FABULOUS magazine * 'So sweetly funny, so very touching.' * SAINSBURYS magazine * Incisive, acerbic, but also a book that's kind to its characters... a must-read. * RED magazine * Written with such humour and heart that'll make you laugh out loud and have a little sob simultaneously. * STYLIST * 'I adored this wise, funny, sad, quirky story...It's brilliant on the stories we tell ourselves and others in order to resist change, while beating ourselves up about not taking steps towards a happier future. Heartbreaking and life-affirming.' * DAILY MAIL *
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