Battle of the Sexes? For This Voracious Heroine, It’s All-Out War

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By Jennifer Haigh

By Lisa Taddeo

“If someone asked me to describe myself in a single word, depraved is the one I would use.” So says Joan, the barely hinged, 30-something narrator of “Animal,” the propulsive, fiercely confident debut novel by Lisa Taddeo. Voracious and obsessive, Joan is addicted to love and its analogues — in particular, the adoration of men who happen to be married to someone else.

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