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Separation Anxiety: A Novel av Laura Zigman
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Separation Anxiety: A Novel (urspr publ 2020; utgåvan 2020)

av Laura Zigman (Författare)

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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."Separation Anxiety is a hilarious, heart-breaking and thought-provoking portrait of a difficult marriage, as fierce as it is funny.... My advice: Start reading and don't stop until you get to the last page of this wise and wonderful novel." --Alice Hoffman. 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.… (mer)
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Titel:Separation Anxiety: A Novel
Författare:Laura Zigman (Författare)
Info:Ecco (2020), 288 pages
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Good book, super all over the place though. ( )
  KassRuiz | Feb 1, 2021 |
Not every book is for every person. I stuck with this because a couple of my bookish friends really liked it. Instead of "wickedly funny and surprisingly tender," I found it slow and tedious. Most of the characters are unpleasant.

This is my fourth Zigman book. The rest were read before I joined Goodreads (or kept track of my ratings in my personal notes), so I don't remember how I felt about them. ( )
  joyblue | Dec 13, 2020 |
Separation Anxiety, Laura Zigman, author; Courtney Patterson, narrator
Picture a sling with which to carry a newborn baby. Now, put it on a middle-aged woman, and place a dog in it! That’s right, a dog. Judy wears her dog, Charlotte. It isn’t the only unusual choice she makes. In fact, her judgment is often flawed, as she is hampered by feelings of inadequacy and has difficulty dealing with life’s inevitable loss of loved ones.
Although she is a published author of a children’s book, she is apparently a one-book wonder. Her current life is abysmal. He marriage is in decline, she and Gary are living apart, but in the same house, her son Teddy is going through puberty and is rejecting her, her best friend Glenn has a terminal illness and her finances are in a shambles. She cannot cope with all that is on her plate. The problems of humans intimidate her, but embracing the dog is a comfort to her.
From the description of the book, I expected to laugh out loud, even as I occasionally might also even shed a tear. I did not experience such a range of emotions. I wasn’t given to mood swings from the narrative, although I did chuckle and had a few aha moments when Judy’s experiences jogged my own memory. She knew someone named Michael Wasserman when she was in school, and I grew up with someone named Michael Wasserman. She went to Temple Sholom Hebrew school, and coincidentally, my children went to Temple Sholom Hebrew school. As a Jew, I also identified with the description and behavior of the stereotypical Jewish mother.
However, the story didn’t seem that realistic to me, even though the problems suffered by the characters were very real. The situations they were in felt contrived, rather than authentic. Although genuine problems of life were introduced, like addiction, drugs, dementia, homosexuality, divorce, infidelity, death and illness, they didn’t feel fully developed. They just seemed to plop into the story to check off their inclusion. The characters seemed like caricatures of real people and the human puppets seemed to represent that theme. Gary had panic attacks and anger management issues, Glenn was the wise one who in spite of what life gave her, was the optimist, Michael married his girlfriend’s brother, Judy felt sorry for herself, Teddy was insecure and worried that his parents would divorce, Noah had dementia, and there were an abundance of virtue signalers like the ones who reported Judy for animal abuse or confronted her in the supermarket. Even politics was briefly mentioned.
The book is mainly about Judy and her choices which are occasionally humorous in a slapstick sort of way, and sad in a bittersweet kind of way. The book explores relationships, those between husband and wife, parent and child, friend and friend, and even the interactions between strangers, some who seem well meaning and some who seem vindictive. Although grief and loss motivate Judy to require the comfort that she only seems to find in the closeness of Charlotte, her eventual epiphany doesn’t seem authentic, nor do the philosophical conclusions propelling the characters toward their destiny.
I think I wanted more from the book than it provided. However, the narrator did a really good job identifying each character and portraying their personalities. It is a quick read, and it will please many readers. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Dec 2, 2020 |
None of the characters were likable and I could not muster up sympathy or empathy for any of them. ( )
  chasidar | Oct 6, 2020 |
The situations are highly improbable, but so relatable. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Aug 17, 2020 |
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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."Separation Anxiety is a hilarious, heart-breaking and thought-provoking portrait of a difficult marriage, as fierce as it is funny.... My advice: Start reading and don't stop until you get to the last page of this wise and wonderful novel." --Alice Hoffman. 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.

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