Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman – Book Review


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.

Brilliantly 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 glorious new classic for anyone taking fumbling steps toward happiness.



Judy is a bit of a mess, she has separated from husband Gary, he’s still living in the house and smoking/eating a lot of pot for medicinal reasons. Teddy, her son is now a teenager, moody, quiet and is embarrassed by his mum. Judy just wants her adoring little boy back.

Then one day, she finds a baby sling, an old present she had stuffed to the back of a drawer as she found it ridiculous, but she puts it on and tries several things to mimic the feel of a baby……..without joy until she tries the dog. The little sheltie settles in, kept happy with a ‘bully stick’ and other scrumptious treats!!!!!! Judy starts to feel a little better, with some comfort but others think she’s a bit weird…

This is the tale of life in all its messy glory, the good, the bad and the downright hideous. It’s told with lots of humour but also with sadness and a little hope. You’ll love Judy and all her foibles, you’ll laugh with her and cry with her too. A thoroughly entertaining and heartwarming read.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.





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 Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband, son and deeply human Sheltie. 


2 responses to “Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman – Book Review”

  1. Sounds wonderful
    Lovely review Lesley


  2. Thanks so much for the blog tour support xx

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