Author Interview: Lisa Taddeo

Animal is a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society. We spoke with author Lisa Taddeo about the inspiration for Animal, haunting Emma Roberts, and more!


By Lisa Taddeo • Narrated by Emma Roberts

“Much like Taddeo’s Three Women, this novel is not for the prudish or for people who like their women to be silent or demure. If you are looking for originality, sexiness, or fearlessness in your next read, this is the book for you. Grab the reins and be prepared for a ride!”

Shane, Left Bank Books

Please tell us a little bit about what inspired you to write this book and how this story took shape for you.

I was inspired very much by Natalia Ginzburg and Elena Ferrante and the women who wrote the gothic novels that gave me insight into my own mother’s troubled life.

My Brilliant Friend

By Elena Ferrante • Narrated by Hillary Huber

In two sentences or less, what’s something that might surprise listeners about your audiobook?

That Emma Roberts, a fantastic actor, is reading it, and she sent me a picture of her face, with a haunted look on it, coming out of the recording studio—it meant so much to me that the words in the book meant so much to her.

Have you listened to your own audiobook? What struck you about the narration?

Emma’s voice is trance-like, it absolutely captures the sentences the way I intended them and yet she has given them a distinct glint.

Are you an audiobook listener? If so, what are some of your favorite audiobooks?

I actually am only recently getting into audiobooks in a much bigger way. I am looking forward to listening The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett, read by Tom Hanks.

The Dutch House

By Ann Patchett • Narrated by Tom Hanks

Header photo by J. Waite

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