I n the introduction to Three Women , Lisa Taddeo writes that to find the three characters whose sexual lives she portrays in detail she drove across the country six times. The country is the United States, the time the second decade of the new century. It is an era of new language and technology in American sexuality, but this is not a book that tries to map higher order narratives. Taddeo chose her subjects for their honesty and openness, and perhaps for what she perceives as their ordinariness.
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo review – an honest account of sexual relationships
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In some cases, there was prolonged courting; sometimes the courting was closer to grooming; but mostly, the stories ended in the stammering pulses of orgasm. There was complexity and beauty and violence even, in the way the women experienced the same event. In these ways and more, it was the female parts of an interlude that, in my eyes, came to stand for the whole of what longing in America looks like.
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T he American author Lisa Taddeo would like some breakfast. But our waiter is thwarting her. He barely restrains a sigh. Three Women , which has been a bestseller in the US and the UK, tells the true stories of Maggie, Lina and Sloane, each of whom, for utterly personal and yet profoundly relatable reasons, has a complicated understanding of their own needs. After being raped by three classmates as a teenager, Lina married a cold, undemonstrative man, and is now, as a mother of two, embarking on a frantic affair with an old boyfriend. Elegant, privileged Sloane has sex with other people so her husband can get a thrill from watching. Taddeo spent more than eight years on the book, crossing America six times in search of her subjects. Once she found her subjects, she spent months with them, even moving to their towns to be part of their daily lives. He was quite good at it! Where were you sitting?
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