The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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by Rebecca Miller
     
 

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Trading Manhattan's Gramercy Park for a mind-numbing retirement community, Pippa Lee's aging husband sends his youngish wife into the doldrums. At fifty, Pippa is not yet ready to relinquish her stimulating life in the city. And what a life it's been. Running away from her Dexedrine-addicted mother in high school after a passionate affair with a teacher, Pippa pushed

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Trading Manhattan's Gramercy Park for a mind-numbing retirement community, Pippa Lee's aging husband sends his youngish wife into the doldrums. At fifty, Pippa is not yet ready to relinquish her stimulating life in the city. And what a life it's been. Running away from her Dexedrine-addicted mother in high school after a passionate affair with a teacher, Pippa pushed every boundary of her new identity as a New Yorker. Situating herself in an avant-garde circle of friends, she relished the club scene, leaving broken hearts in her wake. Then she met Herb, a brilliant publisher thirty years her senior who swept her off her feet and introduced her to the world of motherhood and monogamy. Examining Pippa's colorful relationships -- with the lovers of her youth, with her husband, with her children -- The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is an exuberant novel about the surprising, sometimes tragicomic forces that shape our destinies.

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.

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Publishers Weekly

In this promising first novel, screenwriter/director Miller (The Ballad of Jack and Rose) probes the life of housewife Pippa Lee. Fifty-year-old Pippa lives a contented life with her older husband, Herb. However, everything changes when Herb announces that they are leaving Manhattan for a retirement community. Unsettled in her new home, Pippa begins sleepwalking through life-literally. She catches herself on a security camera cooking and eating while unconscious, then finds evidence that her somnambulist self has taken up smoking. In light of her erratic behavior, Pippa reconsiders the life she has built for herself and the example she is setting for her two grown children: raised by a pill-addicted mother, Pippa ran away from home at 17 and struggled with drugs, abusive relationships and her own feelings of guilt before looking for redemption in the family that she now worries is falling apart. Pippa's struggle to break the "chain of misunderstandings and adjustments" that passes from parent to child is moving. Despite a few moments of overwrought melodrama, the story's held together by Miller's sincere and intelligent protagonist. (Aug.)

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From the Publisher

“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 grab 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)

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847673435
Publisher:
Canongate Books
Publication date:
06/12/2008
Product dimensions:
4.37(w) x 7.01(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet 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.

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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
SGP More than 1 year ago
A great read with a touch of suspense. It makes you wonder what stories lie underneath the surface of the lives of unlikely couples. Ms. Miller brought her characters to life well enough to see them as people you know - people that you love and hate.
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Snivy's treehouse at gligar only res.
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Luvdisc is my tree house.
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MY MANSION IS AT RELICANTH!!
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I liked it, but didn't think it was anything special.