Three Women - Lisa Taddeo

Three Women

By Lisa Taddeo

  • Release Date: 2019-07-09
  • Genre: Social Science
4 Score: 4 (From 1,030 Ratings)



Named a Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post * NPR * The Atlantic * New York Public Library * Vanity Fair * PBS * Time * Economist * Entertainment Weekly * Financial Times * Shelf Awareness * Guardian * Sunday Times * BBC * Esquire * Good Housekeeping * Elle * Real Simple * And more than twenty additional outlets

“Staggeringly intimate...Taddeo spent eight years reporting this groundbreaking book.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A breathtaking and important book…What a fine thing it is to be enthralled by another writer’s sentences. To be stunned by her intellect and heart.” —Cheryl Strayed

“Extraordinary...This is a nonfiction literary masterpiece...I can't remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

“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)

A riveting true story about the sex lives of three real American women, based on nearly a decade of reporting.

Lina, a young mother in suburban Indiana whose marriage has lost its passion, reconnects with an old flame through social media and embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student in North Dakota, allegedly engages in a relationship with her married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial turns their quiet community upside down. Sloane, a successful restaurant owner in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women.

Hailed as “a dazzling achievement” (Los Angeles Times) and “a 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. Based on eight years of immersive research, it is “an astonishing work of literary reportage” (The Atlantic) that introduces us to three unforgettable women—and one remarkable writer—whose experiences remind us that we are not alone.


  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By HEATHERJ916
    Three Women is such an engrossing and insightful book, I read it over a single day/night. I could see and hear myself in all three characters. I feel more understood and less alone as a result of spending time with this book. Men, please read.
  • Profitting off Pain

    By DanniZigs
    This author sexualizes rape and other inappropriate acts. I did not find it empowering, to me it came off as an author trying to make a buck off some soft porn. I was hoping to find a book that finally showed how women can be powerful through sex and relationships, and instead found stories about how women were stuck in bad relationships with no way out. It highlights societies judgements and downfalls without addressing how toxic these viewpoints are. DO NOT READ.
  • Brilliant! Brava!

    By ReaderWriterListener
    Lisa Taddeo does an extraordinary job in creating this book. Carefully researched and thoughtfully written it’s a master class of reporting and storytelling.
  • Three women

    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

    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

    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

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

    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

    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

    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.