A hugely anticipated, compulsive thriller from the brilliant, brazen, daring, sexy mind of the writer behind Three Women, the book that changed how we think about desireAnimal opens with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head of an unrequited lover and becomes a road-trip to California, centring on a woman who is driven to kill by the violence of her past. It recalls the work of James Ellroy, Elena Ferrante, Ottessa Moshfegh, Emma Cline and David Lynch, told with the pace and bite of a Stephen King novelThree Women was a publishing sensation, and attracted unprecedented media and influencer attention. Fans of Three Women and Lisa Taddeo's work include Jojo Moyes, Marian Keyes, Caitlin Moran, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Reese Witherspoon, Harry Styles, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sharon Horgan, Gillian Anderson and Davina McCall - among many others. Expect a groundswell of support for Animal to comeLisa Taddeo is the author of Three Women, which she is currently adapting for a television series with Showtime. Three Women was both a Sunday Times and New York Times number one bestseller, the most-picked book of the year in the UK in 2019, the British Book Awards Narrative Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year. She is a columnist for the Sunday Times Style magazine and has contributed to the Sunday Times, New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour and many other publications. She is one of a select few authors to have published both fiction and non-fiction in Playboy, alongside Margaret Atwood, Vladimir Nabokov, Kingsley Amis and Norman Mailer, and she is also working on television projects with Netflix and Annapurna Pictures. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.'Like a series of grenades exploding' Marian Keyes A 2021 Highlight for: Guardian - Sunday Express - Independent - New Statesman - Evening Standard - Cosmopolitan - Red - Daily Mail - Daily Express - The Week - Irish Times - i - The Sun I drove myself out of New York City where a man shot himself in front of me. He was a gluttonous man and when his blood came out it looked like the blood of a pig. That's a cruel thing to think, I know. He did it in a restaurant where I was having dinner with another man, another married man. Do you see how this is going? But I wasn't always that way. I am depraved. I hope you like me. MEET JOAN: SUMMER 2021Pre-order the first novel from Lisa Taddeo, author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon Three Women Wow. Dark, hypnotic and horrifying, with a central protagonist in Joan who demands your deepest empathy despite every transgression, it's brilliantly written and expertly done. I loved itI don't think there is a writer alive who writes about the interior lives of women with the raw truth and intensity [Taddeo] does . . . Fearless, sexy, brutal and just forensically observed. She is extraordinaryScorching, unforgettable, stunningly beautiful, Animal blew my mind and has left me reeling[An] audacious debut novelA brutal, no-holds-barred road-trip thrillerReeling. Stunned. It is ablaze with rage and beauty. You've captured all the rage every woman has been suppressing her entire life. Mary Gaitskill eat your heart outElectrifyingRiveting . . . Propulsive, erotic, emotional . . . Joan is almost impossible to look away from on every page
Lisa Taddeo spent eight years and thousands of hours tracking the women whose stories comprise Three Women, moving to the towns they lived in to better understand their lives. She has contributed to New York magazine, Esquire, Elle, Glamour and many other publications. Her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.