Published together for the first time, Ghost Lover collects nine electric masterclasses in short fiction. Here, Taddeo's preeminent voice is laid bare in its most natural form, with stories that are forensically observed, relentlessly imagined, and impossible to forgetTaddeo's Three Women was an instant #1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, a publishing sensation that charted for several weeks and has sold more than 300K copies across formats for Bloomsbury, and is being adapted into a TV series for Showtime starring Shailene Woodley. Taddeo's highly-anticipated debut novel, Animal, exploded into the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller charts in 2021 to critical and popular acclaimAppearing in publications including Granta, Harper's and Playboy, Taddeo's stories are laden with accolades: 'Beautiful People' won the Andrew Lytle Prize for the best short story published in 2018 and an honourable mention in Best American Short Stories; 'Forty Two' and 'A Suburban Weekend' were each winners of the Pushcart Prize; and 'Ghost Lover' was nominated for an Ellie Award ASMES 2020Lisa Taddeo is the author of Three Women, which she is currently adapting for a television series with Showtime, and Animal. Three Women was 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.From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Three Women and Animal comes an electric masterclass in short fiction 'Fearless . . . This summer's must-read literary thriller' EVENING STANDARD 'Showcases Taddeo's dark imagination, confronting prose and vodka-dry humour' RED ---------------- Behind anonymous screens, an army of cool and beautiful girls manage the dating service Ghost Lover, a forwarding system for text messages that promises to spare you the anguish of trying to stay composed while communicating with your crush. At a star-studded political fundraiser in a Los Angeles mansion, a trio of women compete to win the heart of the slick guest of honour. In a tense hospital waiting room, an inseparable pair of hard-partying friends crash into life's responsibilities, but the magic of their glory days comes alive again at the moment they least expect it. In these nine riveting stories, Lisa Taddeo brings to life the fever of obsession, the blindness of love and the mania of grief. Featuring Taddeo's arresting prose that continues to thrill her legions of fans, Ghost Lover dares you to look away. ---------------- PRAISE FOR LISA TADDEO: 'One of my favourite writers of all time' DUA LIPA 'A pre-eminent channeller of women's interior lives' FINANCIAL TIMES 'A brilliant writer, and a storyteller possessed of almost supernatural humanity' ELIZABETH GILBERTFrom Lisa Taddeo, Sunday Times bestselling and award-winning author of Three Women and 'our most eloquent and faithful chronicler of human desire' (Esquire), Ghost Lover is an electrifying collection of masterful and fearless short storiesFearless . . . This summer's must-read literary thriller. The writer's skilful depiction of female rage amid a world of predatory men will have you laughing, crying . . . and unable to put it downShowcases Taddeo's dark imagination, confronting prose and vodka-dry humour . . . Taddeo is at her best when she's writing about female friendship, with all its fraught nuancesTaddeo can deliver turns of phrase so perfect, they feel like they've been on the tip of your tongue for ever . . . When it comes to describing some of femininity's ugliest double binds, Taddeo is as brutal as the best of them. She is funny, tooExplores female desire and sexual power dynamics in a collection of stories that often feel shockingly true . . . Some readers will feel a shock of recognition - Taddeo has a knack for saying what women often feel they can't say aloudThese nine stories from the bestselling author of Three Women and Animal simmer with poisonous energy . . . Candid and caustic, these portraits are bold, bleak and entirely believableDizzying, dripping and highly addictiveDevastating stories of women's pain, loss and compensatory behaviour. Taddeo is the 21st century's more excoriating Edna O'BrienI'd be jealous of Lisa Taddeo if I didn't love her so damn much
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.