“A nonfiction literary masterpiece…an extraordinary offering.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

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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.

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On sale 7/9/19 | Hardcover $27.00

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Named the #1 Indie Next Pick for July by the American Booksellers Association

NAMED A MUST-READ BOOK OF SUMMER 2019 BY: O Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture.com, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, and Goodreads.com

Advance Praise for Three Women

“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

“[An] instant feminist classic. . .utterly engrossing, frankly game-changing.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“It’s been years since I’ve read a book as propulsive, engrossing, mind-bending, and required as Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women.”
—Adam Ross, author of Mr. Peanut

“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

“An unflinching dissection of female desire so poetically described, I forgot it was nonfiction. Lisa Taddeo makes a gorgeous, unabashed debut. Wow.”
—Gwyneth Paltrow

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

Lisa Taddeo discusses Three Women

Lisa Taddeo discusses Three Women


Lisa Taddeo has contributed to New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, 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. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.