Leaving home doesn’t happen overnight. For the author of this compelling memoir, moving beyond the safety of her family at the age of 24 triggers nights of insomnia, followed by days—and years—of mysterious, escalating dread. Anyone who has struggled with anxiety and depression will be consoled by the author’s fearless, vivid portrait of breakdown and recovery. 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. By turns penetrating and poignant, Separation Anxiety is a clear eyed, compelling examination of the challenges associated with living with a misunderstood mental disorder. Miji Campbell brings her life to the page in this story of coming fully into herself. She weaves the reader into time and place and pours us the comforting tea-cup of commonality. Though I am not Catholic, not Canadian, not the same age—I find the sisterhood of story and am grateful for the journey.