Female desire in the raw

Three Women, the non-fiction debut of American journalist Lisa Taddeo (above), involved an eight-year journey in which she spoke to more than 600 people.
Three Women, the non-fiction debut of American journalist Lisa Taddeo (above), involved an eight-year journey in which she spoke to more than 600 people. PHOTOS: BLOOMSBURY UK
Three Women (above), the non-fiction debut of American journalist Lisa Taddeo, involved an eight-year journey in which she spoke to more than 600 people.
Three Women (above), the non-fiction debut of American journalist Lisa Taddeo, involved an eight-year journey in which she spoke to more than 600 people. PHOTOS: BLOOMSBURY UK

Lisa Taddeo's Three Women delves into the lives of women as they open up about affairs, unconventional relationships and sexual assault

American journalist Lisa Taddeo wanted to write about sex and desire. She did not anticipate that this would lead to an eight-year journey in which she would speak to more than 600 people.

She eventually boiled this down to Three Women, her non-fiction debut, which goes painstakingly into the tiniest details of the lives of the titular women as they open up about affairs, unconventional relationships and sexual assault. It has since been picked up by television network Showtime to be adapted into a series.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2019, with the headline 'Female desire in the raw'. Print Edition | Subscribe