“Theo has a big heart and a real feel for the pain and craziness of human life.”
---Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes


Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of the memoir How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed (Crown), a 2008 Kirkus Reviews Top Pick for Reading Groups.

How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed chronicles the journey of a woman leaving a long marriage and venturing into a new life as a single mother. With two young daughters to support and her life as a stay-at-home mother at an abrupt end, Nestor finds herself slipping from “middle-class grace” as she attends a court-ordered custody class, stumbles through job interviews, and --much to her surprise-- falls in love once again. As Theo rebuilds her life and recovers her sense of self,


she's forced to confront her own family’s legacy of divorce, an act that ultimately brings her closer to understanding her own divorce and its impact on her two daughters. “I knew from experience that for children divorce means half the world is constantly eclipsed. When you’re with one parent, the other must always slip out of view,” Nestor writes.

The Ladies Home Journal describes How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed as “heartbreakingly honest, wryly funny and revelatory.”  This memoir is sure to speak to anyone who has passed through the halls of divorce court or risked tenderness after loss.


“Theo Nestor has an uncommon ability to evoke common yet very intense emotions. How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed is smart, astringent, funny, precise, candid, and possesses not an ounce of self-pity.”

— David Shields, author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead

“A divorced mother’s funny, chatty, revealing take on Splitsville—with just enough anguish and sadness to be utterly believable. Women going through the pain and turmoil of separation and divorce will appreciate Nestor’s candor and wit. Not another slick how-to, but a comforting reminder that life goes on after the spouse is gone.”

— Kirkus Reviews


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