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?
'I will probably re-read it every year of my life' Caitlin Moran
'Will have millions nodding in recognition' The Times
'As gripping as the most gripping thriller' Marian Keyes
'When I picked it up, I felt I'd been waiting half my life to read it' Observer
'The kind of bold, timely, once-in-a-generation book that every house should have a copy of, and probably will before too long' New Statesman
The book Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alexa Chung, Jodie Comer, Reese Witherspoon, Harry Styles, Fearne Cotton, Caitriona Balfe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Horgan, Zoe Ball, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Davina McCall, Gemma Chan, Christine and the Queens and Gillian Anderson are all reading
The most important book I've read this decade, and possibly ever -- Books of the Decade ― Stylist
My best book of the year so far. And probably next year's too -- Jojo Moyes
Controversial, detailed, spellbinding, upsetting, true and compelling in equal measure -- Books of the Year ― Sunday Times
Painful and beautiful, gutting and sexy. I don't think I've read a book that has captivated me as intensely as this one, which I still think about, months later, in the quietest hours of the night ― Red
A book with the thrill of the new that you can expect to dominate WhatsApp threads, line Tube carriages and pop up in foreign Airbnbs for years to come ― Evening Standard
The biggest debut of the year . . . Groundbreaking ― Vogue
Captures the pain and powerlessness of desire as well as its heady joys -- Books of the Year ― Economist
For anyone who thinks they know what women want, this book is an alarm, and its volume is turned all the way up ― Time Magazine
This book wrecked me, in a good way -- Reese Witherspoon
Whether you are a man curious to know how the woman in your life thinks and feels, or a woman who longs to hear someone articulate the thoughts you've never even admitted to yourself, Three Women should be on your bedside table ― Irish Independent
About the Author
Lisa Taddeo spent eight years and thousands of hours tracking the women whose stories comprise Three Women, moving to the towns they lived in to better understand their lives. She has contributed to New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour and many other publications. Her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.