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 and her son Max live in Denver, Colorado with Brian Walsh and their four cats. Rebecca and Max continue working for autism acceptance via their foundation, Blue Ribbon Arts Initiative. Rebecca enjoys hanging out with her guys, browsing art galleries and watching old Godzilla movies. This is her first work of non-fiction.

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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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