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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee: A Novel

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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 agai
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Hardcover, 239 pages
Published August 5th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published September 1st 2002)
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What molding and stretching is required of a woman who chooses to better the quality of life of others over her own? Perhaps this type of self-sacrifice cannot be fathomed from the outside in. To be the devoted wife, the doting mother, the gracious hostess, the caring friend—where and when does she find the time to find herself?

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
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Galine
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All my lady friends, read this one.
Bark
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, chick-lit
When the book begins Pippa is in her fifties. She’s one of those well-to-do perfect housewife types that everyone simply adores. She’s been married to Herb, thirty years her senior, for thirty or so years and they are the parents of grown up twins. Life is idyllic with a beach house and everything. Herb is eighty(ish) when he realizes one day he’s getting old and wants to sell their real estate and move into a planned community for aging people so Pippa won’t have to care for him when his health ...more
Elizabeth
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The character of Pippa Lee, in her many incarnations, is a wondrous specimen of a woman. It's far too easy to say "she overcame obstacles, blah, blah, blah..." It's much more than that when it comes to Pippa. She runs straight into the fire over and over, each time emerging more and more in touch with her own humanity. I fell in love with Pippa - her curiosity at a young age, her desperation during her young adulthood, and most of all her middle-aged incongruity. She knows how to laugh at hersel ...more
Andrea
Nov 01, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
This was a really good book. Very smart literature for women, IMHO.

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.
Athene_who
Dec 25, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? After a hard term at university I picked this out for some light reading off my mother's bookshelf at home and I think it is middle aged chick lit.

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
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AJ LeBlanc
First two-thirds of the book: A+! Last part: are you kidding me with this?

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
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Julie
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jessie
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though it has many good lines and is readable in a breezy sort-of way, this book is highly annoying. The main character is improbably pretty and perfect, and attempts to assure the reader that she is these things but in a totally unpretentious, unselfconscious way actually make the character less, not more, likable. Also, the plot unfolds in an obvious way; even the dive into the main character's troubled childhood seems predictable, despite efforts to sex it up with family trauma, sex and drugs ...more
Ina
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There were bits about this book that I enjoyed but in the main I found it a slow read that went nowhere. I enjoyed reading about Pippa's childhood and young adulthood in the 60's and how this lively unusual womand had bcome subsumed by her husbnd and family. There were bits of her relationship with her mother that were disturbing but it did give you some insight into how she had become the woman she was and the impact it had on her own parenting of her daughter.
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Rebecca Miller is an American film director, screenwriter and actress, most known for her films Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, The Ballad of Jack and Rose and Angela, all of which she wrote and directed.

Daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and photographer Inge Morath.

Miller married the actor Daniel Day-Lewis in 1996.

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“She's a mystery, a cipher, something nearly extinct these days: a person not controlled by ambition or greed or a crass need for attention, but by a desire to experience life completely and to make life a little easier for the people around her” 11 likes
“Courtship is romantic. Marriage ... is an act of will," said Pippa, taking a sip of water. "I mean, I adore Herb. But the marriage functions because we will it to. If you leave love to hold everything together, you can forget it.” 8 likes
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