Reading Corner: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo’s debut book charts the emotional and sexual lives of three women who, despite being radically different to one another in their circumstances and experiences, are bound together in ways that are difficult to pinpoint.

Having heard a great deal throughout the year about how ground-breaking and excellent Three Women was, I decided to make it one of my lockdown reads. I was surprised to find out it was non-fiction, an element which becomes even more important once you dig into the book’s material. It is not often that I find the lives of real women are a focus and, perhaps most crucially, portrayed through a non-judgemental lens.

In enabling ‘Lina’, ‘Sloane’ and Maggie (the only woman to use her real name) to tell their stories, Taddeo has given her readers a gift. Her background as an investigative journalist, coupled with her ability to make anything, however crude, sound beautiful through her masterful grasp of prose, makes this book a delight to read. While revealing, the book is sometimes difficult to read as it represents the journey into the tough realities of living as a woman. At points, I felt like I was looking into a mirror. The universality of many of the experiences the three women convey brought a strange mix of comfort and unease.

I was enthralled throughout, and I highly recommend this book not only as an excellent, thrilling piece of writing, but also a gold standard for telling real and honest stories.

Caitlin Barr

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