Three Women - Lisa Taddeo

Three Women

By Lisa Taddeo

  • Release Date: 2019-07-09
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4
4
From 887 Ratings

Description

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller and one of the most talked-about books of the year, Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is “the most in-depth look at the female sex drive that’s been published in decades” (New York) and a “groundbreaking...breathtaking…staggeringly intimate” (Entertainment Weekly) look at the sex lives of three real American women—based on nearly a decade of reporting.

Hailed as “a dazzling achievement” (Los Angeles Times) and “riveting page-turner that explores desire, heartbreak, and infatuation in all its messy, complicated nuance” (The Washington Post), Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women has captivated readers, booksellers, and critics—and topped bestseller lists—worldwide.

Declared “the best book of the year” by Elizabeth Gilbert and “a breathtaking and important book” by Cheryl Strayed, Three Women has won praise everywhere from Columbia Journalism Review (“deeply reported, elegantly written, almost uncomfortably intimate”) to Refinery29 (“the hype for Three Women is real; in fact, it’s insufficient”), from Esquire (“a heartbreaking, gripping, astonishing masterpiece”) to Time (“Three Women is a battle cry…For anyone who thinks they know what women want, this book is an alarm, and its volume is turned all the way up.”) In the words of The New Statesman, “This is an unusual, startling, and gripping debut. It feels to me like the kind of bold, timely, once-in-a-generation book that every house should have a copy of, and probably will before too long.”

In suburban Indiana we meet Lina, the 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, the 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 the northeast we meet Sloane, the successful, refined restaurant owner whose husband enjoys watching 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.

Reviews

  • Three women

    5
    By Kshughes
    This book, OMG, I could not stop reading. The book itself is extremely relatable to my life. I was intrigued through the whole book. I wish there had been an ending for each story, instead of just a dead stop. But otherwise, a phenomenal book!!!!!!!
  • Three Women

    3
    By AmandaTripp
    The stories are more of a commentary on how abuse and rape shape our sex lives. I certainly understand how trauma can alter how we view sex but I was expecting a book about female sexuality (since it was hailed as the new feminist novel). Intriguing true stories but not what I expected.
  • Couldn’t put it down

    5
    By Col in ny
    I read a lot and this was one of the best books I’ve ever read. I even convinced my husband to read it. Finished it in two days. Love her writing .... please write more books!!!!!!
  • 3 women

    1
    By xzasx
    Meh, poorly written. One step up from a romance novel
  • Three Women

    3
    By MoMo Reader
    It is amazing that the author spent so many years of research and interviews in writing this book. Most of the time, while reading, I forgot that it was not a novel, but indeed based on facts. I am surprised that these women were willing to tell their personal stories and show their vulnerabilities to the world. Sloan, Maggie and Lina were not classic examples of women, in my opinion, but rather exceptions to the rule. I did not get the connection of mothers passing their influence onto their daughters until the study notes at the end. If these women had strong, moral upbringings, their lives would have turned out differently. I did not get the feeling that any of the three women felt guilty about their illicit affairs with married men or how it may affect the children. Overall, an interesting read, but I would like to know how their lives finally turned out.
  • Very sad

    2
    By Done with Greg
    I had to stop reading. Well written, brutally honest but I just couldn’t stay invested in finding out how their lives turned out. Very depressing stories.
  • Needs more storyline

    3
    By michellemybelle214
    I had to stop reading part way through. It’s good and well written but not enough to keep me interested for a straight through read. Not to mention a little depressing.
  • Yess

    5
    By dkchalupa
    Could not wait for this book!! Excited to read
  • Can’t wait

    5
    By hannamfm
    Can’t wait to read this!
  • Three Women and Five Stars

    5
    By FirstPlaceTanny
    On the surface, Three Women is a book about sex. But sex is a noun. It’s a single thing involving persons and places. And while often treated like it’s the final destination, it more closely resembles the climax of a very good book. It steals our attention and we forget that there’s both a story before and after the deed has been done. Three Women isn’t about sex. Three Women is about the stories that bookend sex.