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  • Published: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857527363
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99
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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, '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

'Separation Anxiety charmed me...it's melancholic, quirky, comic, honest' MARIAN KEYES, author of GROWN UPS

'Written with such humour and heart that’ll make you laugh out loud and have a little sob simultaneously ' STYLIST

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.

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Praise for Separation Anxiety

One of the most anticipated books for 2020 in Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Good Morning American, Glamour, Parade, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, and The Millions

‘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

‘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

‘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
‘[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

  • Pub date: 3 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9780857527363
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $32.99

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

“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

“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

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

RED magazine

“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

“‘So sweetly funny, so very touching.’”

SAINSBURYS magazine

“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

“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

“‘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

“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

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

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

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

WI LIFE

“' Like its messy, flawed heroine, Separation Anxiety is so easy to relate to, and to love.’”

CULTURE FLY


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