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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee: A Novel (edition 2009)

by Rebecca Miller

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Title:The Private Lives of Pippa Lee: A Novel
Authors:Rebecca Miller
Info:Picador (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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An interesting novel. I watched the movie first, so I was hoping that the book would be better and more in depth than the movie and the book didn't let me down.

The story is four parts. Three of them in third person and one of them in first person from Pippa's point of view. The novel in general is the story of Pippa Lee as a whole person. How her life's experiences made her. It doesn't just portray the events that created her or who she is only in a positive light either. Or for that matter in only a negative light. It's a surprisingly balanced look at a person's life. Usually these sorts of books seem to land firmly on the positive or negative side, while 'Private Lives of Pippa Lee' just seemed to take a page from Bill Belichick's playbook and say her life, "is what it is".

I loved the characterizations of Suky and Des, Pippa's parents and I also appreciated just how consistent the author's characterization of Pippa was. Yes, a lot of things changed about her throughout the book, but the core of the character seemed to be the same. ( )
  DanieXJ | May 10, 2013 |
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee By Rebecca Miller Pippa Lee is a 50 year old woman living with her husband, Herb, in an adult community called Marigold Village. Her husband, the love of her life is 80 years old and they have liquidated their two huge homes and downsized to live a smaller, simpler life for Herbs semi retirement from the publishing world. Pippa feels like they are at deaths door, she begins worrying incessantly and sleep walking. Herb is acting strangely. Her children are worried about them. Entwined with small flashbacks from Pippa's erratic childhood and very wild early adult life, Pippa Lee is a character you have never met. Fun, quick read. When does life really begin and when does it end. Does your career and money really define your place or does age. It is all relative. Highly recommend this read. ( )
  karenlisa | Aug 28, 2011 |
This sounded like a good book and though the reviews were very mixed I went ahead and read it. At the beginning of the book we have Pippa Lee, aged about 50, perfect wife of a much older publisher, perfect mother of grown-up twin children. Then the story goes back to show Pippa's childhood and what she got up to before her marriage. Nothing wrong with that. The idea of showing the flaws of the woman who became the model wife and mother is nothing new but could make a perfectly good story. My problem here was that I just felt there was no substance to the book. Yes, Pippa wasn't perfect to start with. I was expecting that. But I guess I was expecting something else too. ( )
1 vote nocto | Apr 25, 2011 |
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I have enjoyed Rebecca Miller's short stories, and so I hoped I would enjoy this, her first novel.

Sadly I didn't.

I couldn't believe in Pippa Lee and so her life story just didn't work for me.

Maybe it would work for someone else, or maybe Rebecca Miller is a better short story writer than novelist.

I don't know, and I would give her the benefit of the doubt if I came across another of her books. Then, maybe, I would know.
  FleurinherWorld | Apr 16, 2011 |
Pippa Lee is in her fifties when she moves into an old folks' community because her much older husband is worried about growing old. Pippa has always been the perfect wife, so she doesn't complain, and does a beautiful job of selling up and starting afresh. However, not all is calm under the surface, and Pippa starts to examine her life to see what brought her to this place, and also her role as a mother to her two grown-up children.

I thought it was simply fascinating, and was so good to read a book with a fully detailed, contradictory, complex woman at the heart of it. I was particularly impressed with how I liked her at the beginning, even when she was being a Stepford Wife. ( )
  wookiebender | Nov 20, 2010 |
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At fifty, Pippa Lee seems just fine. The devoted wife of a brilliant publisher thirty years her senior, the proud mother of successful twins, and a lovely and adored friend and neighbor, she seems to glow with feminine serenity. But when her husband spontaneously decides they should cast off Gramercy Park for Marigold Village retirement home as a “preemptive strike against his decrepitude,” Pippa finds her beatific persona unraveling in alarming ways: the truth is that the gracious woman of the present day has seen more than her fair share of the wild side. By seventeen, Pippa had lived with a Dexedrine-addicted mother, felt the first stirrings of sexuality with a school girlfriend, had an affair with a teacher, and run away from home, set adrift on a course littered with broken hearts—until she seemingly found love and security in a family of her own. And now that established world, too, is in danger.
 
In Pippa Lee we have an unforgettable heroine, and a quirky and acutely intelligent portrait of the many lives behind a single name. Even after we’ve read it, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a story that is still unfurling.

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At 50, Pippa Lee seems just fine. The devoted wife of a man 30 years her senior, the mother of succesful twins, & an adored friend & neighbour, she seems to glow with feminine serentiy. But when her husband decides they should move into a retirement home, Pippa finds her persona unravelling in alarming ways.… (more)

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