Opening sentence: “I start wearing the family dog, a mini-sheltie, a little Lassie, in an unbleached cotton baby sling across the front of my body like a messenger bag, a few weeks shy of fall.”
Welcome to my stop on the Separation Anxiety blog tour! Now, I think you’ll agree: the above is QUITE the opening sentence. Our lead character, Judy Vogel has hit a point in her life where she’s finding it a little hard to manage and takes to wearing her pet dog, Charlotte, in a sling as her coping mechanism.
Those hours when the dog is in the sling are restorative for me.
And what is she coping with? Well, quite a lot. She’s dealing with her best friend dying of cancer, her marriage falling apart, her son becoming more distant, her career not quite being in the place she wants it to be and financial struggles. I appreciate this list doesn’t make Separation Anxiety sound like a barrel of laughs, but what makes this book so charming is the inclusive writing style and open, rawness around Judy. She’s at a point in her life where she’s reflective and things are just not where she thought they’d be. This is something, I think, a lot of people can relate to.
Essentially, this book is a quirky little celebration of all the imperfections that life throws our way. The things we all cling to for comfort – however crazy they might seem to others – are what make us unique. And Judy sure is that. She also felt so real; her honesty just poured off the page. It meant that Separation Anxiety made me feel sad, it made me feel hopeful, it made me laugh and it made me cringe. It evoked a wonderful blend of emotions and, a week after I’ve finished it, I still find myself thinking about Judy and hope she’s getting on OK. This is my first Laura Zigman read, but won’t be my last. I’m intrigued to see if her other books pack such an emotional punch too.
- Thank you Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inclusion in the tour;
- Snap up your copy here;
- Published by Doubleday 16th April 2020;
- 288 pages
- My rating: