This intensely intimate work of nonfiction is comprised of three entertaining— yet often painful— portraits of three American women, who generously invited journalist Lisa Taddeo into the privacy of their romantic and sexual lives. Taddeo miraculously captures what is unique in each woman's voice, and yet it is her own voice— direct, engaging, nonjudgmental— that unifies this collection into something undeniably whole.— Morgan
July 2019 Indie Next List
“I can’t recall the last time I’ve been reading a work of nonfiction and woken up excited purely by the fact that, today, I would get to read more. Compulsive and psychologically riveting, Three Women reads like a novel. I couldn’t keep from dog-earing its pages each time Taddeo perfectly expressed something I’d felt but never had the words for. In Sloane, Maggie, and Lina, I recognized aspects of myself — namely the desire for connection and for love. When three women tell their uncensored truth, they can liberate a nation. I feel deeply grateful to Lisa Taddeo for giving us this gift of raw authenticity.”
— Michaela Carter, Peregrine Book Company, Prescott, AZ
Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“Three Women is one of the most compelling nonfiction books I have ever read. Taddeo crafts this book in such a way that you feel like you’re hearing these unique stories from a friend over a glass of wine. An intimate look into these women’s lives asks the reader to look into their own life of sensuality, relationships, and trauma—elements often coexisting. She finds a beautiful humanity in that tangled mess of natural desire and what we hide within ourselves.”
— Jenna Soltesz, Buxton Books, Charleston, SC
From a thrilling new talent, Lisa Taddeo, Three Women is a mesmerizing work of narrative journalism--reported over eight years--about the sex lives and desires of three ordinary American women.
Lina, a homemaker in suburban Indiana, is a decade into a passionless marriage when she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane, a glamorous entrepreneur in the northeast, is married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. Maggie, a high school student in North Dakota, begins a relationship with her married English teacher that will have extraordinary consequences for them both--as well as the community in which they live.