A riveting exploration of female sexuality and desire, and the often yawning chasms between enticing fantasy and cruel reality, Three Women is suffused both with erotic yearning and raw honesty, and serves as a vital document of twenty-first century sexual politics.
‘It’s the book you HAVE to read and then make your friends read… it’s the In Cold Blood of female sexuality.’ - Caitlin Moran
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.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 618 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
‘I’ve never read a work of non-fiction that so candidly and completely accesses the inner sanctums of its subjects’ private lives’ - The Telegraph
'Three Women is an astonishing act of imaginative empathy and a gift to women around the world who feel their desires are ignored and their voices aren't heard.' - The Sunday Times
'Extraordinary. I can't remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women' - 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
'As gripping as the most gripping thriller. Moving, immersive, surprising, elegantly written ... You will love it' - Marian Keyes
'[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
'Brilliant. In a year when female sexuality is one of the hottest topics of debate, it's a must-read' - Summer Reads, Vogue
'Three Women is riveting - a searing, honest, visceral and compulsive account of women's desire. I've never read anything like it' - Esther Freud
'I've not read something so confronting, humane, and brilliant in a really long time. An outstanding achievement' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave
'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 most important - and breathlessly debated - books of the year' - Dave Eggers
'This book will amaze you, for articulating so directly and beautifully the chaotic truths of women's desire ... It will astound you, for the mastery of its execution, the surprising descriptive language that crops up in between the clean, intellectual reportage ... This is going to be my non-fiction book of the year' - Jessie Burton
'An addictive, intricate study of modern relationships' - Red
'One of the most exciting debuts I've read in years; the writing is muscular and addictive. A powerful record of ebbing disappointments, unspoken feelings and the endless complexity of female desire' - The Sunday Times Style
‘It’s the book you HAVE to read and then make your friends read… it’s the In Cold Blood of female sexuality. THE book of summer 2019. Three real women tell the true story, over decades, of their sex lives.’ - Caitlin Moran
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