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Virtual Book Club


Separation Anxiety: A Novel

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Book Club Dates are Two Saturday Afternoons:


Author Laura Zigman will be meeting with the Happy Women Novel Book Club over Zoom for 2 virtual gatherings and moderated discussion in May.

May 2nd: 1:00 pm PST

First session is a 20 minute Welcome Introduction to the group before we begin reading the book.

May 30th: 1:00 pm PST

Next Session after we have completed the book is one hour. 

A Zoom link will be sent to you a few days before each meeting.

Separation Anxiety: A Novel  was named a Most-Anticipated Book of 2020 by: Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Real Simple, USA Today, Parade, Glamour, Buzzfeed, The Millions, and Cosmopolitan.  

(We also highly recommend Zigman’s previous novels “Her”and “Animal Husbandry”, which was made into a movie, “Someone Like You” with Ashley Judd.) 

Reviews of Separation Anxiety: A Novel


“The light from Zigman’s novel is generated by a kind of literary nuclear fusion: an intense compression of grief and humor. A deliciously absurd tone runs straight through this novel about a depressed, middle-aged mother whose career and marriage are flailing. But things start to look up when she begins wearing her 20-pound dog in a baby sling everywhere she goes.” (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)

Moderated by author Claire Bidwell Smith

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Claire Bidwell Smith, internationally renowned author, speaker, and grief expert.  Her non-fiction book, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief, is a different take on the the subject of anxiety.  

Deadline to Register is May 1st.
Invite Your Book Club & Other Friends to Join.

A portion of the proceeds goes to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.  

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