Review – The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Suddenly Gave Up Sex

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The Art Of Sleeping Alone by Sophie Fontanel

Translated from French

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: August 13, 2013

** I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a Fair and honest review.


At the age of twenty-seven, after many years of being an editor at French Elle, Sophie Fontanel decides she wants to take a break. Despite having all the perks that come with being an editor at a high fashion magazine, she still doesn’t feel happy. As a way to search for more meaning in her life, she chose to give up her sex life. Her friends and colleagues are baffled over her decision to become celibate. She finds it amusing to watch her friend’s unrelenting efforts to set her up on dates and giving her advice about how to appear sexier.

As she experiences being the only single person among couples at parties and summer vacations, she muses on what it means to find happiness and fulfillment alone.

 Although Fontanel’s prose has a pleasant rhythm, the egocentric ramblings of her celibacy get old quickly. After hearing that this book was on the bestseller list for eight weeks in France, I was curious to see what made it so compelling. I’m still trying to figure it out. 

RATING: 2 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

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