Lisa Taddeo

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Lisa Taddeo
Taddeo in 2019
Taddeo in 2019
Born1979/1980 (age 41–42)[1]
OccupationAuthor, journalist
EducationMillburn High School[1]
Alma materNew York University (transferred)
Rutgers University[1]
Boston University (MFA)
Notable worksThree Women (2019)
Notable awardsPushcart Prize 2017, 2019 British Book Awards 2020
SpouseJackson Waite[1]

Lisa Taddeo is an American author, journalist and two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, for her short stories "42 (2017)", published in the New England Review,[2][3][4] and "Suburban Weekend (2019)", published in Granta.[5] Her 2019 book, Three Women, became a #1 New York Times best seller.

Early life and education[edit]

Taddeo was born to Peter Taddeo, an Italian American doctor, and Pia, a fruit stand cashier from Italy. Taddeo is from Short Hills, New Jersey and attended Millburn High School. She first attended New York University but transferred to Rutgers University.[1] Taddeo completed her MFA in fiction at Boston University.[6] Her mother was born in Italy.[7] Her father died in a car accident.[8][third-party source needed] She married Jackson Waite in 2014 and now lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with their daughter.[9][1] She previously lived in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard.[8][10]


Taddeo's work has appeared in The Best American Political Writing and The Best American Sports Writing anthologies.[11][12] Taddeo was an associate editor at Golf Magazine when David Granger assigned her first piece for Esquire, "The Last Days of Heath Ledger",[13] after reading her unpublished novel.[14] In 2015 The Washington Post named her New York Magazine piece, "Rachel Uchitel is Not A Madam",[15] one of their top five long reads that stand the test of time.[16] In 2013 she appeared in Esquire Network's 80th Anniversary special.[17] She was awarded the William Holodnok Fiction Prize and the Florence Engel Randall Award in fiction.[18]

Her book Three Women was released in July 2019 by Simon and Schuster.[19][20] In June 2020 it won the narrative non-fiction book of the year at the British Book Awards.[21]

Animal, her debut novel, will be published by Avid Reader Press in the summer of 2021. Reportedly it is about "both sisterhood and female rage..."[22]


In July 2019, Showtime announced a series commitment adaptation of Three Women.[23] Taddeo will write and be executive producer of the series.[24]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Dwyer, Kate (July 5, 2019). "A Writer of Three Women's Sex Lives Shares Her Own Journey". The New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Taddeo, Lisa (April 2, 2015). "Forty-Two". New England Review. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "NER Selections Included in Pushcart Prize XLI". New England Review. 2016-11-18. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  4. ^ "Lisa Taddeo wins Pushcart Prize | BU Creative Writing". Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  5. ^ "Granta on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  6. ^ "Lisa Taddeo". Granta Magazine. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  7. ^ Taddeo, Lisa (2016-09-30). "My Mother Was a Bright Green Suede Fendi Bag". ELLE. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  8. ^ a b Taddeo, Lisa (March 3, 2016). "Rushing Is Unsafe at Any Speed". Vineyard Gazette. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Births". Martha's Vineyard Times. March 11, 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  10. ^ Bennett, Elizabeth (July 19, 2019). "Three Women Travels to the Heart and Complexity of Desire". Vineyard Gazette. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  11. ^ BEST AMERICAN POLITICAL WRITING 2009 by Royce Flippin | Kirkus Reviews.
  12. ^ "David's review of The Best American Sports Writing 2009". Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  13. ^ Taddeo, Lisa (October 11, 2017). "Heath Ledger Death - Final Days and Death of Heath Ledger". Esquire. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  14. ^ Arango, Tim (2008-03-06). "Esquire Publishes a Diary That Isn't". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  15. ^ Taddeo, Lisa (April 12, 2010). "Rachel Uchitel Is Not a Madam". Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  16. ^ "Opinion | Five long reads that stand the test of time". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  17. ^ Bailey, Fenton; Barbato, Randy (2013-09-23), Esquire 80th Anniversary Special, Julie Marcus, Lisa Taddeo, retrieved 2017-11-05
  18. ^ "2017 Award Winners | Women's Guild". Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  19. ^ "Simon & Schuster | Jofie Ferrari-Adler". Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  20. ^ Taddeo, Lisa (9 July 2019). Amazon. ISBN 978-1451642292.
  21. ^ Flood, Alison (2020-06-30). "Evaristo and Carty-Williams become first black authors to win top British Book awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  22. ^ a b c "Interviews Written : Journalist Lisa Taddeo Examines What Women Desire : Authorlink". Authorlink - Writers and Readers Magazine. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  23. ^ "Lisa Taddeo Bringing Her Bestseller "Three Women" to Showtime". Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2019-07-25). "'Three Women' Drama From Lisa Taddeo Based On Her Book Gets Showtime Series Commitment". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-08-20.