All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her?
All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town?
All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?
Three Women is a record of unmet needs, unspoken thoughts, disappointments, hopes and unrelenting obsessions.
After seeing this all over Bookstagram last year, I couldn’t wait to buy it and then of course it ended up sitting on my TBR for ages. But I finally picked it up and it made to be a fantastic buddy read with one of my fellow Bookstagrammers!
I won’t lie...I still don’t know how I feel about this book...I finished it last week and my feelings towards it have changed so many times! For me it was a similar experience to My Dark Vanessa. It was uncomfortably addictive and not something I would consider a nice read. But it is an excellent book that is so well written and the fact it is nonfiction continues to blow my mind!
Three Women is the unapologetic and raw telling of three women’s sad but real stories. This is not for the light hearted. The stories touch on rape, depression, inappropriate relations with a teacher and more. It is the beautifully dark telling of the sad reality of so many women's lives. From the first page, you know you are in for a heavy read that will open your eyes in many ways.
The writing is beautiful and is what really hooks the reader from the beginning. Despite certain chapters being very uncomfortable to read, the way Taddeo forms the narrative is extremely poetic and makes these difficult stories more accessible for the reader.
The theme of how women always end up being the ones to blame, even for themselves was very prevalent throughout the book. And also how women judge other women. For example, if someone has an affair, the woman is always the first to be blamed. It is a sad reality that highlights that it isn’t just men who put us down but we do too and if we can’t get over that hurdle, how can we expect society to?
So yeah...I would recommend this...but just want to reiterate that it isn’t a fun and easy book to read by the pool. Honestly I had to constantly remind myself this was nonfiction and that really makes you realise just how sad the whole thing is. But it is a message that is needed and I think Taddeo did a fantastic job at depicting three stories that transcend generations and nations and that many women can relate to.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'Women shouldn't judge one another's lives if they haven't been through one another's fires.'
I couldn't choose, these are real people and choosing a favourite just doesn't feel right.
NA - I don't rate nonfiction books.