The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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

Publication Date: August 18, 2009

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Description

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 www.rebecca-miller.com.



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

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