Separation Anxiety: A Coming-of-Middle-Age Story by Miji Campbell

Separation Anxiety: A Coming-of-Middle-Age Story

byMiji Campbell

Paperback | April 15, 2015

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The woman in this book is not famous. The events of her life are not tragic. The setting is not exotic. This is an ordinary story. Which makes it an extraordinary memoir.

Miji Campbell grew up in a close-knit family in the 1960s and '70s. The youngest of three girls, she was raised under her parents' watchful eye, in a middle-class Calgary suburb called Kingsland. Her life proceeds in an orderly fashion: coming-of-age, university, first job, first apartment-and then suddenly, inexplicably, it begins to unravel.

Night after night, Miji wrestles with insomnia and increasing anxiousness. Despite her independent spirit, she yearns for her mother's presence and feels overcome by homesickness. These anxious feelings will haunt her through career, marriage, and the birth of her children. It's not until middle age that Miji learns she has an anxiety disorder and finds ways to quiet her mind and body. Through acts of courage and grace, she learns to stand-tentatively, hopefully-on her own.

Beautifully written, insightful and funny,ÿSeparation Anxietyÿchronicles the pivotal moments in a woman's life where she lets go of her childhood beliefs about happily ever after, and discovers her true self.

"Anyone who has struggled with anxiety and depression will be consoled by the author's fearless, vivid portrait of breakdown and recovery." -Marni Jackson, author ofÿThe Mother Zone.

"An honest and courageous memoir. The narrator's voice sparkles with intelligence, with a sharply observant eye, and with a quirky, wry sense of humour. She charts the ties that bind, sometimes far too tightly, the bond of love between mother and daughter." -Wendy Donawa, co-author ofÿReading Canada.

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Title:Separation Anxiety: A Coming-of-Middle-Age StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:WRITINERANT PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0993803202

ISBN - 13:9780993803208

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