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“Extraordinary…A nonfiction literary masterpiece…I can’t remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women.” —Elizabeth Gilbert
“The hottest book of the summer…Groundbreaking…Breathtaking…Staggeringly intimate.” —Entertainment Weekly
“The most in-depth look at the female sex drive that’s been published in decades.” —New York
“Three Women will be whispered about around pools from coast to coast.” —Town & Country
Desire as we’ve never seen it before: a riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.
It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored—until now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result, Three Women, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year.
We begin in suburban Indiana with Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. She passes her days cooking and cleaning for a man who refuses to kiss her on the mouth, protesting that “the sensation offends” him. To Lina’s horror, even her marriage counselor says her husband’s position is valid. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks. When she reconnects with an old flame through social media, she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming.
In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who finds a confidant in her handsome, married English teacher. By Maggie’s account, supportive nightly texts and phone calls evolve into a clandestine physical relationship, with plans to skip school on her eighteenth birthday and make love all day; instead, he breaks up with her on the morning he turns thirty. A few years later, Maggie has no degree, no career, and no dreams to live for. When she learns that this man has been named North Dakota’s Teacher of the Year, she steps forward with her story—and is met with disbelief by former schoolmates and the jury that hears her case. The 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. He picks out partners for her alone or for a threesome, and she ensures that everyone’s needs are satisfied. For years, Sloane has been asking herself where her husband’s desire ends and hers begins. One day, they invite a new man into their bed—but he brings a secret with him that will finally force Sloane to confront the uneven power dynamics that fuel their lifestyle.
Based on years of immersive reporting, and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is a groundbreaking portrait of erotic longing in today’s America, exposing the fragility, complexity, and inequality of female desire with unprecedented depth and emotional power. It is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy, that introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone.
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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!!!!!! 55
Meh, poorly written. One step up from a romance novel 15
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. 35
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. 25
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. 35
Could not wait for this book!! Excited to read 55
Can’t wait to read this! 55
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. 55