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Monday, August 12, 2013

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

Hi fabulous readers! I am on vacation this week, which is awesome for both me and you. For me because I need a vacation, and for you because I am posting reviews every day this week. And they are all so so so fantastic. Enjoy Beach Week Reads here on Sassy Peach, Book Blogger!

The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Gave Up Sex by Sophie Fontanel caught my attention with its premise: A woman decides to become celibate for several years. Who would do this, and what came out of it?

Sophie had been a sexually active (and happy with it) woman for thirty-six years until one day she realizes she just isn't into it anymore--she is shut down with her lover and can't open up again. She goes on a quest to remain celibate in order to dig deep into her soul. What comes out of it is this thoughtful and exploring memoir that shows us what that searching looks like, how uncomfortable your friends really are with your singledom, and what it is like to be alone.

This memoir was short and sweet. Fontanel, a novelist and an editor at French Elle for many years, writes a languid and mindful novelette that enters into the soul and searches for answers to questions even sometimes she doesn't know she is asking. Choosing to explore an identity you have worn for decades without much deep consideration is a mind-blowing experience, and Fontanel's expedition is crafted in a story that reads as the way a mild, sunny afternoon languishing on the prow of a floating sailboat feels.

Kindle version on left, hard copy on right.

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