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Animal: Lisa Taddeo in Conversation with Tara McGuire

Of her international bestseller Three Women, Lisa Taddeo has told the press, “I thought I was writing a quiet little book.” But her debut was one of the most celebrated books of 2019, named on 30 “best of” lists and hailed with praise such as “a dazzling achievement” and “an astonishing masterpiece.” But if Three Women was a silent classic, Animal roars. It shares the world of Joan, who—after enduring a lifetime of cruelty from men—begins to transform from prey into predator. “Honestly, sometimes I think it’s the only recourse. Killing men in times like these,” she explains. Raw, scorching, and dazzling, Animal is an exhilarating read. Taddeo shares more about her writing process, working through misogyny on the page, and what inspired the evolution of Joan.

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Participants and Speakers

Lisa Taddeo

LISA TADDEO is the author of Three Women. She has contributed to The New York Times, New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the anthologies Best American Political Writing and Best American Sports Writing, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England. (UNITED STATES)

Tara McGuire

TARA MCGUIRE is a former broadcaster turned writer. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University, and the UBC School of Creative Writing. Her forthcoming book will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press.