Separation Anxiety


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Ecco Press
Publish Date
5.3 X 8.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Laura Zigman is the author of Separation Anxiety, Animal Husbandry, Dating Big Bird, Her, and Piece of Work. She has been a contributor to the New York Times and the Washington Post, and was the recipient of a Yaddo residency. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


"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.... Stalked by the loneliness of middle age, you may think the last thing you need is a novel about a woman driven to wearing her dog. You'd be wrong." -- Washington Post

"A quirky novel that's as hilarious as it is touching and wise." -- People

"[Separation Anxiety] imparts a life-affirming vigor... Judy is a natural comedian and Zigman has gifted her with a fiercely singular voice.... If the book nails life's more challenging moments, it also captures an astonishing level of empathy." -- Boston Globe

"You root for Zigman's decent and vulnerable characters even while wanting to give them a good shake.... [Judy] is a familiar, self-deprecating, likable protagonist." -- New York Times Book Review

"[A] novel about stress, release, and the unlikely places we turn to for comfort in uncertain times." -- Vogue

"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. The catharsis it offers is both real and satisfying." -- New York Observer

"A world where motherhood, wifely duties, and career aspirations take hard twists and turns. With plenty of snark and a dash of humor, [Zigman] shows just how real the struggle bus is, perfect for readers who like a heroine with a messy life. -- Booklist

"Deeply affecting." -- Real Simple

"A hilarious yet thought-provoking exploration of the middle-aged limbo.... With wit and tenderness, Zigman explores life's most important relationships as they develop and change over time."
-- Emma Straub on TODAY

"That's Laura Zigman's comic genius, that she can take the stuff of mid-life misery and make it not just relatable but downright funny." -- Christian Science Monitor

"Every middle-aged woman who has ever felt invisible, lost or depressed will connect with some aspect of Judy's life....Unpredictable and delightfully original. For those seeking a good laugh and a good cry, look no further than Separation Anxiety." -- BookPage

"I love Separation Anxiety.... Laura Zigman is an emotional sharp-shooter--she 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, having found what was most meaningful after all. And by the way, I can totally relate to the desire to wear one's dog. If I could, I would." -- Chelsea Handler

"Separation Anxiety is a hilarious, heart-breaking and thought-provoking portrait of a difficult marriage, as fierce as it is funny....[Zigman's] sharp eye for contemporary life is a revelation....My advice: Start reading and don't stop until you get to the last page of this wise and wonderful novel." -- Alice Hoffman

"What a gem of a novel. Separation Anxiety is wickedly funny, heartrending, poignantly wise, and hopeful. 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, though we too often overlook them. The 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. Laura Zigman's latest novel takes on the (sometimes surreal) trials of middle age with wit and compassion--pitch-perfect, it's a joy to read." -- Claire Messud, bestselling author of The Burning Girl and The Emperor's Children

"In Separation Anxiety, Laura Zigman has given voice to the exquisite nuances of the struggles we all face in the course of our lives and at the same time leaves us feeling less alone and more hopeful. With striking humor, tender vulnerability, and pitch-perfect portraits of the complexities of our relationships, she's captured the human condition in a way I often don't see outside of the therapy room." -- Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone