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

This event takes place at the Fish Creek branch of the Calgary Public Library.

Join Miji Campbell as she reads from her book Separation Anxiety. Wistful, insightful, and funny, this memoir chronicles the pivotal moments in her  life where she lets go of her childhood beliefs about happily ever after, and discovers her true self.

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.