A moving memoir about separation and renewal.
Writing professor and mother of two, Theo Pauline Nestor, watched her marriage come to a screeching and definitive halt in the amount of time it takes to roast a chicken, literally.
In How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed, Nestor chronicles her journey through the stages of shock, denial, adjustment and acceptance attached to the process of divorce; in her case, after discovering her husband's gambling habit had returned and devoured the family's finances. Before the evening meal -- the aforementioned chicken -- hit the table, Nestor's husband had moved out for good.
Like Eat, Pray, Love, the Seattle resident's story serves more as a warm blanket of relatability than a step-by-step self-help tome. Nestor carries the reader through the transition to her new roles as single mother, woman and breadwinner, with humor, honesty and insight.
As the title implies, she eventually conquers the partner-less expanse of bed left empty since the fateful roast chicken incident, concluding with advice to a friend on the verge of divorce: "I don't know if I feel happier, but I feel real-er." And that's certainly nothing to squawk at. On shelves in April.