The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
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 losin...more
Within in her sharply defined world, Pippa Lee is everything to everyone who matters to her—to Herb, her husband thirty years her senior and a prominent publisher; to her...more
Pippa Lee, 50, is married to Herb, three decades her senior. He suddenly announces that he wants to move to Marigold Village, a retirement community, and Pippa finds her life changing in ways she can't control.
We are taken into Pippa's life as a child and teenager, then into young adulthood.
Then we are brought back to the present and into an unexpected conclusion.
It started well enough; the protagonist, Pippa Lee, is the kind of woman I suspect most women aspire to be. Kind, caring, effervescent, the friend other women trust with their secrets. However, as the book continues it becomes clear that she has worked hard to become this woman and it could have been oh so different. It transpires that...more
The one jarring thing was the disjoint of the middle section, which switched to first person, and I could never really get back into the third person of the rest of the narrative in...more
Pippa is 30 years younger than her husband. She is completely in love and content and happy with their clearly defined relationship. It works for them and she is at times caught off guard with how content she is.
From the outset it is clear that something is going to change. Herb is 80 and has decided to sell everything so that he and 50 year old Pippa can move into a retirement community. He wants to make sure she'll be pr...more
Not at all what I was expecting when I added this book to my wish list as a Richard and Judy recommendation I was really expecting it to be a humorous novel about a couple moving to a retirement village and the young wife causing chaos as we learnt of her past lives.. How wrong could I have been, as I actually found it disturbing and somewhat depressing, though strangely still a reasonable read.
The protagonist is Pippa Lee and one of the quotes on the back...more
I expected this book to be lightweight chick-lit, a guilty-pleasure read, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The novel starts when Pippa is 50 years old, and looks to all the world to...more
How did Pippa Lee get there? Did she belong? As her character emerges we see a waif out of control. She is acts out in depraved ways that are immoral yet noble and unselfish, and as her sub-conscience explodes, memories both shocking and troubling emerge.
Pippa feels settle...more
It is written in a style which is similar to how your friend might tell a story - not overly 'literary' or hard to get into. It's interesting to learn about her previous life, her relationship with...more
That's how I felt after finishing Rebecca Miller's "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," (2008, Canongate Books, 231 pp.).
Read more of my review on my blog at:
Pippa lives each stage of her life dedicated to or moulded by other people: her mother, her friends, Herb, her children and ends up at age 50 never having lived for herself. She moves onto the next stage of her life apparently freed and reconciled with the past but possibly following the same patterns.
The character is multifaceted on the surface but quite plain in depth. The cyclical natu...more
The novel opens with Pippa moving into a retirement community with her much-older husband, Herb. Decades younger than all the other residents, Pi...more
C'est le récit d'une quinquagénaire qui s'installe dans une résidence pour séniors avec Herb, son mari de 80 ans, éditeur de son métier. Elle découvre un monde aseptisé dans lequel elle cherche sa place. Et la voilà qui repense à son passé tourmenté, bien loin de l'image de femme idéale qu'elle renvoie, et qui se demande s'il n'est pas trop tard pour se libérer à nouveau.
Le style est maladroit, certainement du à la traduction. Les allers-retours dans...more
Daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and photographer Inge Morath.
Miller married the actor Daniel Day-Lewis in 1996.