Quirkyalone is a book that has its own holiday, International Quirkyalone Day, and a movement.

In 2013, I also created a one-on-one coaching program called Project Enjoy where I help you to live out a more quirkyalone life–where you get to fully enjoy being single and the path of dating. (Being quirkyalone is not about perpetual singlehood, no! It’s about refusing to settle and fully appreciating your life whether you are single or partnered.)

I coined the word “quirkyalone” in a 700-word essay published in my own magazine To-Do List and then Utne. It means: “a person who enjoys being single (or spending time alone) and so prefers to wait for the right person to come along rather than dating indiscriminately.” The book grew out of the popular demand for more writing when I first published the essay. Publisher’s Weekly calls the book: “Fun, inspirational and provocative.” Quirkyalone is not only for single people. It’s a bible for all those who reject archaic notions of relationships.

Whether you are a quirkyalone, quirkytogether, quirkyslut, or quirkyobserver (take the quiz and find out), this book will make you laugh and provoke your thinking.

Quirkyalone has been translated and released in Brazil, Denmark, and Germany. In the U.S., Quirkyalone is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon.


“Cagen is up to something that could be as important for women (and men) as The Feminine Mystique was years ago: We aren’t just halves of couples; we are distinct individuals—as complete and potentially happy alone as we are with our families and lovers. Thank you, Sasha, for giving us this proud and thoughtful declaration of independence!”—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America

“Ahh, the single life. Can it ever be as fulfilling as married life. or divorced life? The quirkyalones argue it can be all that and more.”—Anderson Cooper, CNN

“Bachelorettes = out, quirkyalones = in”—Washington Post

“Exhorts singles to ‘resist the tyranny of coupledom.’”—New York Times

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