Contributed by Megan Richard
Though it is nonfiction, this book reads like fiction. An honest and challenge read about the psychology of women that you will take to heart and carry with you forever.
In suburban Indiana we meet Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks and, after reconnecting with an old flame through social media, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who allegedly has a clandestine physical relationship with her handsome, married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial will turn their quiet community upside down. Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloane—a gorgeous, successful, and refined restaurant owner— who is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women.
Based on years of immersive reporting and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy. “A work of deep observation, long conversations, and a kind of journalistic alchemy” (Kate Tuttle, NPR), Three Women introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone.
A revolutionary look at women’s desire, this feat of journalism reveals three women who are carnal, brave, and beautifully flawed. - People (Book of the Week)
This book is insightful and brutal in its truth. I believe that most women can relate to one or all three of these women and their stories. - Amazon Reviewer
Each chapter shocked me a little more and I found myself frustrated with the feeling that the happiness of these women’s lives was so dependent on the actions of the men around them. It was very easy to get invested in the stories. - Amazon Reviewer
Absolutely flawlessly written and overflowing with insights from how a woman's sexuality is often vulnerably formed by life-defining events in our developmental years, to navigating patriarchal confines regarding female advocacy in sexuality, to how this all translates into our comprehensive life experiences as women. - Amazon Reviewer
About the Author
Lisa Taddeo is a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize (2017, 2019). She received her MFA in fiction as the Saul Bellow Fellow from Boston University. Lisa's fiction has been published in McSweeney's, Granta, The Sewanee Review, CQR, Notre Dame Review, NER, The Sun Magazine and Esquire Magazine, among others. She is a frequent contributor to Esquire Magazine, New York Magazine, Elle Magazine, The New York Observer, Glamour Magazine and The Sun Magazine. Her work has been included in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing. She is the winner of the William Holodnok fiction prize and the winner of the 2017 Florence Engel Randall Award in fiction. Suburban Weekend, winner of a 2019 Pushcart, was also selected as a favorite piece of 2017 by Granta's editors. Beautiful People is the winner of The Andrew Lytle Prize for the best story published in 2018 by The Sewanee Review.