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Separation Anxiety: A Novel

Separation Anxiety: A Novel

Written by Laura Zigman

Narrated by Courtney Patterson


Separation Anxiety: A Novel

Written by Laura Zigman

Narrated by Courtney Patterson

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3.5/5 (63 ratings)
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7 hours
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Released:
Mar 3, 2020
ISBN:
9780062983992
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Description

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.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 3, 2020
ISBN:
9780062983992
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Laura Zigman is the author of Animal Husbandry (which was made into the movie, Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Piece of Work and Her. She has been a contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, produced a popular online series of animated videos, "Annoying Conversations," and was the recipient of a Yaddo residency. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, son, and deeply human Sheltie.


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  • (2/5)
    I didn't like it. It's a book from when you have too much time and you want a story down to earth, without twists. It's about this woman that is divorcing or maybe isn't divorcing her husband and that is wearing her dog like a baby. All the story she was "she looked at me like i have a bird on my head" or "she has a bird on her head", which is annoying to read (or hear in my case). The story develops linearly and the little twist from the school is ... little.
  • (4/5)
    Oh boy, am I seem so normal when compared to Judy Vogel the narrator in this story. Her husband was an aspiring musician way back when he opened for Aerospace. She had a children’s book leap into the best seller lists and then made into an animated movie. But now, she’s just barely coping with life. Her son is now in a 7th grade Montessori school, she’s writing spiffy little positive pieces for an online wellness website. She’s taken to carrying their family dog in a baby sling wherever she goes. She and her husband are separated, but can’t afford separate living arrangements, so he sleeps and smokes his medicinal marijuana in the snoring room in the basement. She’s forced into hosting the people puppets stay performing at her son’s school and she can’t figure out where she belongs. Eventually she discovers an extended family that includes the people puppets and even her middle school crush and she’s happy. May it continue to be a happy life for her.
  • (4/5)
    At first, I was a little confused about why she wore her shelty dog in a sling. Judy was 50 years old and had a teenager who was extremely non-communicative, a wonderful career of children's book author who hit writer' blog with a bang and her marriage was over. Judy and Gary were only living together in the same house because he could not afford to move out.Now I get it. Judy was overwhelmed with anxiety, grief both in the recent past and known future and it was too much to bear. especially aloneI remember when my parent's marriage had fallen apart and my mother was taking care of myseverely autistic brother and substituting for primary school part time. I had withdrawn, and did not feel accepted at school but did not want to ask my overburdened mother for help. What did we do? In the evening. when we gathered to watch TV together, we each had a warm, soft blanket around us. That really helped in more than one way in the winter but it seemed strange to outsiders in the summer. We too had been overwhelmed and needed the warmth and the feeling of weight against out bodies.I really connected with this book on many levels and want to read more from her.I received an Advanced copy of this book from the Publisher as a win from FirstReads but that in no way made a difference in my thoughts or feelings in this review
  • (4/5)
    I loved the recurrence of the “bird on the head” references by the protagonist. She seemed pretty hooked on her neuroses, but I found her a bit too whiny. Some good plot twisting. I recommend this novel.
  • (4/5)
    I thought that it was a funny and clever approach to dealing with anxiety.
  • (3/5)

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    A woman, feeling a bit insecure, starts carrying her dog in a baby sling. And it gets pretty extreme. The poor dog – a pet store dog seems more a prop, a security blanket, rather than a being. And hubby is afraid of puppets. These people are pretty damaged. But I just couldn't like them. Despite their foibles, they just didn't seem like very nice people. The quest felt more like an escape. I finished this book, but was glad when it was over and I could move onto something interesting.

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    This humorous novel is about getting old and life changing - something that happens to all of us but some people accept it better than others. As with many people, the main character feels that she is invisible to the rest of the world but she comes up with a strange way to handle her feelings. I empathized with her because I've had a lot of the same feelings so it was great to read a funny book about life changing as you get older.Judy is 50 years old. She has a surly teenage son who no longer talks to her and a pot-smoking husband plus her best friend is dying of cancer. Judy is an author who had a very successful children's book but is now in permanent writer's block. She and her husband are always in debt and have trouble with bills - like their son's tuition. They are separated and sleep in different rooms but they can't afford to get a divorce. One day as Judy is cleaning out the basement, she finds the baby sling that someone gave her at her baby shower and she realizes that she's never used it. So she puts it on and tucks her dog into the sling. All of a sudden life begins to feel better and she has the dog with her to help alleviate her anxiety over life. Carrying around the dog in a sling upsets her son and husband but it makes her feel wonderful so she continues to do it. The big question throughout the book is whether Judy will be able to find happiness in her life as she is faced with all of the struggles and set backs that seem to multiple as you get older. And if she does find happiness, will she be able to get rid of the sling or will it keep her set in her old ways and attitudes.It's hard to grow old and become invisible to the rest of the world but even if you are invisible, you can still find happiness. This is a funny but emotional look at finding peace and contentment as you grow older.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

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