Sophie Fontanel has been an editor at Elle France for more than a decade. A novelist and essayist, she lives in Paris. The Art of Sleeping Alone is her first book to be published in English.
"Fontanel strings together her narrative in a series of lyrical vignettes....No one has written so sumptuously about celibacy." * The Daily Beast * "A searching investigation into the power of no... a sophisticated bagatelle of a volume, filled with detours to exotic locales." -- Dwight Garner * The New York Times * "Candid, funny... For someone who has been celibate for the majority of her adult life, Sophie Fontanel sure is good at writing about sex." * ELLE.com * "In gracefully woven vignettes, Fontanel observes how society disapproves of people who refuse to pair off even as she is steadfast in underscoring the benefits she enjoys from unapologetically listening to her body's needs and taking time for herself." * Booklist * "Her depiction of celibacy isn't prudish or dry but lush; she isn't shy when describing either her previous affairs or her current erotic fantasies, and her frankness keeps the book from straying into polemical territory. The writing is stripped bare, with no extra fat or flair, and this simplicity works." * Kirkus Reviews * "Leave it to a Frenchwoman to convert even giving up sex into an elegant gesture that reeks of worldliness and sends up a smoky wreath." * Vanity Fair * "Fontanel's admissions offer a salutary lesson to young women everywhere." * The Australian * "Sophie writes provocatively about fashion (her signature, after all), the constraints society places on sex, and the vulnerability of desire." * Livres Hebdo (Paris) * "Fontanel's writing is intelligent, the reading experience is sensual." * Paris Match *