The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

By Rebecca Miller

Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312428334, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 2009


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 was a painter and actress before turning her hand to writing and directing. 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 "The Ballad of Jack and Rose."

Praise For The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

"Dreamy, elegant . . . Miller's astute, beautifully nuanced novel explores the unpredictable consequences of choosing to live a safe but emotionally compromised life."--Daily Mail (UK)

"Magnificent . . . Miller's depiction of her title character's tangled universe is so nuanced, so lovingly detailed, that it's impossible not to get drawn in."--Nylon

"Miller beautifully renders an American woman's grabĀ and grab again at happiness."--The Believer

"Strikingly unconventional."--Elle

"Miller brings a simmering intelligence and verbal flair to this deft exploration of the courage required to own your own life."--Booklist

"Poignant and intriguing."--Daily Express (UK)

Praise for Personal Velocity:

"All these stories are as perfect as the form itself allows--surprising, grotesque, inspiring. . . . [Miller is] a wonderful writer."--The Washington Post Book World

"[Personal Velocity] is eye-opening . . . always humane, always honest, and always entertaining."--Los Angeles Times Book Review