The Art of Sleeping Alone

Why One French Woman Suddenly Gave Up Sex

By Sophie Fontanel; Linda Coverdale (Translator)
(Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9781451696288, 153pp.)

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

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In a provocative memoir, the bestselling French novelist and iconic editor of French "Elle "describes her years of self-imposed celibacy--why she did it and how it changed her perspective: "A searching investigation into the power of no...a sophisticated bagatelle of a volume" (Dwight Garner, "The New York Times").
After many years of having (and mostly enjoying) an active sex-life, Sophie Fontanel--beloved French author, journalist, editor, and fashion blogger--decided she wanted to take a break. Despite having a glamorous job, plenty of dates and boyfriends, stylish clothes, parties to attend, she wasn't happy and wanted more. Sophie chose to give up her sex life, shocking her friends and colleagues. But what she discovers about herself is truly liberating and raises a number of questions about the expectations of our society. Going beyond the body, her thoughts on what it means to find happiness and fulfillment are inspiring.
As Sophie experiences being the only single person at dinner parties, weekend getaways, and summer vacations, she muses on what it means to find happiness and fulfillment alone, stringing "together her narrative in a series of lyrical vignettes...No one has written so sumptuously about celibacy" ("The Daily Beast"). Lovely and illuminating, "The Art of Sleeping Alone, "a major bestseller in France, offers an alternative take on modern-day conventions, making this a compelling read for anyone who has chosen to do things a little differently. As "Vanity Fair" says: "Leave it to a Frenchwoman to convert even giving up sex into an elegant gesture."

About the Author
Sophie Fontanel est nee en 1962. Journaliste (Le Matin de Paris, Cosmopolitan, chroniqueuse a l'emission Nulle part Ailleurs sur Canal+), elle travaille depuis trois ans pour le magazine Elle. Couronnee par le Prix du Premier Roman en 1995 pour Sacre Paul (Nil Editions), elle a publie en 2000 un roman sur la television Le plus jeune metier du monde (Nil Editions), et, en 2002, Fonelle et ses amis, la compilation des aventures de Fonelle, publiees chaque semaine dans Elle.

Linda Coverdale is the awarding-winning translator of many French works and has been honored with the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contribution to French literature.
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