Looking for a weekend read while we are sheltering in place again? I recommend this one – Three Women by Lisa Taddeo is like nothing I have read before. The result of eight years of immersive research, these are the true stories of three separate women, woven together into a book that reads like a novel. Following the statutory rape case of Maggie, the loveless marriage and subsequent affair of Lina (who also suffers fibromyalgia!!), and the happy and very open marriage of Sloane, Taddeo explores the wants and needs of women, told from the perspective of women. While there is a focus on sexual and romantic love, Three Women also brings the reader into the minds of each woman and explores womanness in a broader context. This is how each woman feels inside herself separate from men, children, friends, and external expectations.
Each chapter is dedicated to a portion of each woman’s story, moving seamlessly from one to another. I found myself so engrossed in this that I read it in one sitting, reading way past my bedtime to finish it.
This book is graphic, carnal and beautiful. The women shared intimate details that allow the reader to see themselves in each woman and connect to her, despite variances in outward lifestyle, or sexual predilections.
I highly recommend this book. It lives up to the hype and more. (304 pgs)