I loved this book in its beautiful portrayal of three women, who in the hands of a less gifted and insightful writer, might have come off as stereotypical. I could identify with each of these women in some way and felt true empathy for them. Taddeo has the ability to distill ages and ages of female experience into concise phrases and descriptions. She gives poetic voice to what others may have written as tawdry or crude. This is book is mainly about female desire, but also about body image and self worth. And heartbreakingly, it is about the female friends and acquaintances who are often times the first to bring you down.