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LISA TADDEO discusses her new book THREE WOMEN with CLARISSA CRUZ

Three Women (Avid Reader Press)

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 English teacher that will have extraordinary consequences for them both—as well as the community in which they live.

For nearly a decade, Lisa Taddeo, an award-winning journalist and longtime contributor to New York magazine and Esquire, embedded herself with three everyday women to write this deeply immersive account of their erotic lives and longings. The result—shocking, powerful, and timely—reads like George Packer’s The Unwinding, but for the state of female desire. Three Women is a major work from an exhilarating new voice.

Praise for Three Women:

"I can't remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women. Lisa Taddeo is a tireless reporter, a brilliant writer, and a storyteller possessed of almost supernatural humanity. As far as I'm concerned, this is a nonfiction literary masterpiece at the same level as In Cold Blood--and just as suspenseful, bone-chilling, and harrowing, in its own way. I know already that I will never stop thinking about the women profiled in this story--about their sexual desire, their emotional pain, their strength, their losses. I saw myself in all of them. Truly,Three Women is an extraordinary offering." --Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls

"Taddeo braids together the women's narratives, which adds both suspense and heft as their desire-biographies echo and diverge. Her distinct proximity to her subjects shows in the intimate fantasies, scorching encounters, and profound pains they relate through her, but, the power resting fully with them, this never becomes voyeuristic. Instead, she allows them to be defined not by their jobs, kids, or, significantly, the men in their lives, but by a deep and essential part of themselves. Readers will almost certainly fly through this, and want to talk about it." 
--Booklist (starred review)

"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 more important--and breathlessly debated--books of the year." 
--Dave Eggers, author of The Monk of Mokha

"[An] instant feminist classic . . . In this utterly engrossing, frankly game-changing work of narrative nonfiction, 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

"Three Women is the new required reading for women and any person who wants to know them. Taddeo has given these women's testimonies of desire, love, and trauma a brilliance and dignity that is nothing short of revolutionary." 
--Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

Lisa Taddeo is a journalist who has contributed to New York magazine, EsquireElleGlamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing anthologies, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes (2017, 2019). She lives with her husband and daughter in Connecticut.

Clarissa Cruz is a Features Editor at Entertainment Weekly. She is the former Fashion Features Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, the former Style Editor of People magazine and has written for InStyle, Inc., Food & Wine and Time Out, among others. She has also appeared as an entertainment expert on television, including The Today show, The CBS Early Show, Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781451642292
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019