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

Miji Campbell is a writer and teacher. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Today's Parent Magazine, The Edmonton Journal, The Calgary Herald and Women's Words: An Anthology, and has been broadcast on CBC Radio. Miji has received two National Magazine Award nominations and a literary arts grant from the Alberta Foun...
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Title:Separation Anxiety: A Coming-of-Middle-Age StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.55 × 0.65 inPublished:April 15, 2015Publisher:WRITINERANT PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0993803202

ISBN - 13:9780993803208

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a story! Yes, Separation Anxiety is about a struggle. No, it is not a heavy downer of a book; it's a great story told with honesty and a wry style that makes you want to be friends with Miji Campbell. So many of us can relate to her memoir capturing the growing up in a "typical family" in the 60s, and the realities of adult life that follow an idyllic childhood. I can't say enough to capture the essence of this book. Read it!
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brave and Inspiring Memoir Miji's brave, honest and witty portrayal of her journey of self-discovery had me glued to the pages and marveling at how much I could relate to her words. Her story resonates on many levels. She invites us into the memories of her childhood with incredible detail and sheds light on her experience of moving away from that sense of security and facing the challenges that adulthood brings. Miji's courage and sense of humour through it all is truly inspiring. Whether or not you are someone who has had experience with anxiety, you will be able to relate to this personal and heartfelt memoir.
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring and Heartfelt It takes courage and strength to write about your life for others to experience. Miji shows that remarkable inner strength and resolve. She takes you on her emotional journey where you feel her pain, admire her perseverance and rejoice at her new found freedom. You will be moved by her openness and honesty. Miji will also make you smile. Best read with a cup of tea.
Date published: 2015-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful, humourous memoir dealing with anxiety and separation In Separation Anxiety, Miji Campbell has shared her experiences with anxiety in a very candid, yet humourous manner. She takes us into her world of sleeplessness, fear, and self-doubt as she examines her relationships with her family. Throughout this memoir, she shows how one can turn to professional help and friends for answers, and yet she ultimately discover s her own inner strength to make decisions to cope with the issues that confront her and each of us at some point. Her writing style draws one into her life with humour and self-depreciation, and many readers will relate to the Calgary and the era she grew up in. Separation Anxiety is a must read for all women and men who have dealt with anxiety and separation issues themselves or for those who support a loved one who copes with these problems.
Date published: 2015-03-01