Lisa Taddeo

Cindy Seip

Lisa Taddeo is the author of Three Women and has contributed to The New York Times, New York, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and other publications. Her nonfiction work is included in the anthologies The Best American Political Writing and The Best American Sports Writing; her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. In Animal: A Novel (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster), Taddeo tells the story of Joan, who – even after spending a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men – witnesses an unbelievably shocking act of violence. Compelled to flee New York City, she heads to the sweltering hills above Los Angeles in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help her make sense of her past. There she unravels the horrific event from her childhood that has haunted her every waking moment, and ultimately summons the power to finally strike back. A depiction of female rage at its rawest, Animal is a visceral exploration of the fallout of a male-dominated society. People observed that with “skill and insight, Taddeo examines how the savagery of men fuels female rage. The result is as intimate as it is explosive.”