Wordfest Presents Lisa Taddeo

Wordfest Presents Lisa Taddeo

Wordfest Presents Lisa Taddeo

Nov 19 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM $15 - $20
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2 St SW
BUY TICKETS

Join journalist Lisa Taddeo as she presents her provocative international bestseller, Three Women. The book is both a feat of journalism and a triumph of storytelling, brimming with nuance and empathy, that introduces us to three unforgettable women — and one remarkable writer — whose experiences remind us that we are not alone. This event includes an on-stage interview, hosted by Shelley Youngblut, and audience Q&A, followed by a book signing.

Extraordinary...This is a nonfiction literary masterpiece...I can't remember the last time a book affected me as profoundly as Three Women.” Elizabeth Gilbert

About Three Women

It thrills us and torments us. It controls our thoughts, destroys our lives, and it’s all we live for. Yet we almost never speak of it. And as a buried force in our lives, desire remains largely unexplored — until now. Over the past eight years, journalist Lisa Taddeo has driven across the country six times to embed herself with ordinary women from different regions and backgrounds. The result, Three Women, is the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year.

We begin in suburban Indiana with Lina, a homemaker and mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. She passes her days cooking and cleaning for a man who refuses to kiss her on the mouth, protesting that “the sensation offends” him. To Lina’s horror, even her marriage counselor says her husband’s position is valid. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks. When she reconnects with an old flame through social media, she embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming.

In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who finds a confidant in her handsome, married English teacher. By Maggie’s account, supportive nightly texts and phone calls evolve into a clandestine physical relationship, with plans to skip school on her 18th birthday and make love all day; instead, he breaks up with her on the morning he turns thirty. A few years later, Maggie has no degree, no career, and no dreams to live for. When she learns that this man has been named North Dakota’s Teacher of the Year, she steps forward with her story — and is met with disbelief by former schoolmates and the jury that hears her case. The trial will turn their quiet community upside down.

Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloane—a gorgeous, successful, and refined restaurant owner — who is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men and women. He picks out partners for her alone or for a threesome, and she ensures that everyone’s needs are satisfied. For years, Sloane has been asking herself where her husband’s desire ends and hers begins. One day, they invite a new man into their bed—but he brings a secret with him that will finally force Sloane to confront the uneven power dynamics that fuel their lifestyle.

Based on years of immersive reporting, and told with astonishing frankness and immediacy, Three Women is a groundbreaking portrait of erotic longing in today’s America, exposing the fragility, complexity, and inequality of female desire with unprecedented depth and emotional power.

About Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo has contributed to New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the Best American Sports Writing and Best American Political Writing anthologies, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.

Dive Deeper

Reviews:

You May Also Like

7 PM
Cookbook Co. Cooks & Wordfest Present Calgary Eats
Sep 23 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2 St SW
Add To Cart
7 PM
Wordfest Presents Jen Gunter (The Vagina Bible)
Sep 25 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM

Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library

800 3 Street SE
SOLD OUT
7 PM
Wordfest Presents Margaret Atwood (The Testaments)
Sep 29 @ 7 PM - 8:15 PM

Bella Concert Hall

4825 Mt Royal Gate SW
SOLD OUT
7 PM
Wordfest Presents Beverley McLachlin
Oct 02 @ 7 PM - 8:30 PM

DJD Dance Centre

111 12 Ave SE
Add To Cart
9 PM
2019 Festival Passes
Oct 14 @ 9 PM - 11:55 PM

Wordfest

1221 2 St SW
Add To Cart