The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

By Rebecca Miller
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312428334, 256pp.)

Publication Date: August 18, 2009

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What part of our selves do we hide away in order to have a stable, prosperous life?

Pippa Lee has just such a life in place at age fifty, when her older husband, a retired publisher, decides that they should move to a retirement community outside New York City. Pippa is suddenly deprived of the stimulation and distraction that had held everything in place. She begins losing track of her own mind; her foundations start to shudder, and gradually we learn the truth of the young life that led her finally to settle down in marriage--years of neglect and rebellion, wild transgressions and powerful defiance.

"The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" is the study of a brave, curious, multilayered woman--an acutely intelligent portrait of the many lives behind a single name.

About the Author
REBECCA MILLER worked as a painter and an actress before becoming a writer and director. She is the author of the short story collection Personal Velocity, her feature film adaptation of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and the writer-director of Angela, The Ballad of Jack and Rose and, most recently, the novel and film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, starring Robin Wright, Julianne Moore, Keanu Reeves, Blake Lively and Winona Ryder. She lives in New York and Ireland with her family. Visit her online at

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  1. Discuss the novel’s title. What private aspects of Pippa’s life did she have to leave behind when she married Herb? How does her true self compare with the persona she has to present to the public at Marigold Village?

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