Book Review: Separation Anxiety, by Laura Zigman

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Title: Separation Anxiety

Author: Laura Zigman

Star Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I give this book 3 stars out of a possible 5. While the book is interesting enough with highly developed characters, I found the book to be slow in leading up to the resolution.

What It’s About

Separation Anxiety is a book about a woman named Judy who suddenly and randomly decides to wear her dog in a baby sling. Judy is a children’s book author, but lately writes articles for a website. Judy is married to a man who she can’t afford to divorce so they are co-habitating. They have a teenage son together, who is exhibiting many of the typical teenage symptoms of being moody and distant. Judy also has a friend who is dying. This book is about a woman who struggles to hold on to the people and things that she cares most about.

Why You Should Read

Separation Anxiety is about first and foremost Judy and how she is coping with the people who are leaving her. Her marriage is disintegrating. Her close friend is dying. Everything seems to be out of her control.

So, she does the one thing that seems crazy to most people, but probably makes the most sense to her. When she finds an old baby sling, she puts it on and then puts her dog in it. This is her attempt to maintain some control in her life. This is her attempt to cling to what she once had. This is her attempt to maintain the tentative bonds of family.

Throughout the book, you will see Judy try to connect with her family. She will fail multiple times. But in the end, it is when she endures public humiliation for wearing a dog, that she begins to see things differently. It is when her dog decides to go its separate way that there may be a chance of her and her family reconnecting.

The process that Judy goes through to reconnect is so relevant today. We are all trying our best. We are all doing what we have to do to connect with those we love. We are all trying to keep those we love close to us. While it’s possible that ultimately we may fail, that doesn’t matter. What does matter is the here and now. Even if they won’t be with you forever, what matters is that they are with you now. The book emphasizes the importance of living in the present and appreciating the people and things around us.

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