SINGAPORE – American journalist Lisa Taddeo wanted to write about sex and desire. She did not anticipate that this would lead to an eight-year journey in which she would speak to more than 600 people.

She eventually boiled this down to Three Women, her non-fiction debut, which goes painstakingly into the tiniest details of the lives of the titular women as they open up about affairs, unconventional relationships and sexual assault. It has since been picked up by television network Showtime to be adapted into a series.

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