Author(s): Lisa Taddeo
All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her?
All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town?
All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?
Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions that tests the boundaries of non-fiction.
ELIZABETH GILBERT: 'This is a non-fiction literary masterpiece at the same level as In Cold Blood - and just as suspenseful, bone-chilling and harrowing, in its own way'
DAVE EGGERS: 'This is one of the most riveting, assured and scorchingly original debuts I've ever read. Taddeo's beautifully written and unflinching portraits of desire allow her protagonists to be wholly human and wholly, blessedly complex. I can't imagine a scenario where this isn't one of the more important - and breathlessly debated - books of the year'
GILLIAN ANDERSON: 'Intense and riveting. It gives us epic themes in miniature. These women broke my heart and I won't forget them'
“Three Women is an astonishing act of imaginative empathy and a gift to women around the world who feel like their desires are ignored and their voices aren't heard. This is a book that blazes, glitters and cuts to the heart of who we are. I'm not sure that a book can do much more” – Sunday Times
“When I picked it up, I felt I'd been waiting half my life to read it; when I put it down, it was as though I had been disembowelled. There isn't a woman alive who won't recognise – her stomach lurching, her heart beating wildly – something of what Maggie, Lina and Sloane go through. It pulses like an artery” – Rachel Cooke, Observer
“An extraordinary piece of non-fiction – a page-rippingly intimate and compelling narration of the desires and sexual proclivities of three real women. Taddeo does not sensationalise, but nor is she coy; the narrative crackles with the visceral details of eroticism. The result feels like a new genre ” – The Times
It's been years since I've read a book as propulsive, engrossing, mind-bending and required as Lisa Taddeo's Three Women. It is the deepest dive into our neighbours' consciousnesses that I've ever read, so immersive it approaches the Tolstoyan, and its narcotic pleasures mainline the only thing that can truly save us: empathy -- Adam Ross
I can't remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women. Lisa Taddeo is a tireless reporter, a brilliant writer, and a storyteller possessed of almost supernatural humanity ... I know already that I will never stop thinking about the women profiled in this story - about their sexual desire, their emotional pain, their strength, their losses. I saw myself in all of them. Truly, Three Women is an extraordinary offering -- Elizabeth Gilbert
Intense and riveting. It gives us epic themes in miniature. These women broke my heart and I won't forget them -- Gillian Anderson
[An] instant feminist classic. In this utterly engrossing, frankly game-changing work of narrative non-fiction, a New York magazine contributor profiles a trio of everyday women, shining a light on their darkest desires and how men (and other women) often thwart those wants -- Michelle Hart O, The Oprah Magazine
This is one of the most riveting, assured and scorchingly original debuts I've ever read. Taddeo's beautifully written and unflinching portraits of desire allow her protagonists to be wholly human and wholly, blessedly complex. I can't imagine a scenario where this isn't one of the more important - and breathlessly debated - books of the year -- Dave Eggers
Lisa Taddeo spent eight years and thousands of hours tracking the women whose stories comprise Three Women, moving to the towns they lived in to better understand their lives. She has contributed to New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour and many other publications. Her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in Connecticut.