A story of wild youth, unexpected encounters, affairs and betrayals, and the dangerous security of marriage – that has sold over 200,000 copies
‘A luminous writer’ Olivia Laing
‘Compelling’ The Times
‘Beautifully nuanced’ Daily Mail
Pippa seems to have everything in life. But suddenly she finds her world beginning to unravel. Amid the buzzing lawnmowers and suburban coffee mornings, she starts to wonder how she came to be in this place. The answer is a story of wild youth, unexpected encounters, affairs and betrayals, and the dangerous security of marriage.
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee brilliantly reveals the challenges of modern life – and all the possibilities that it holds.
“Vivacious and intense … her psychology is often penetrating … the writing is rich in striking images”
See more reviews
“Miller is a luminous writer … gazing into these multiple private Pippas is like opening a series of Russian dolls, each intricately wrought, self-contained and self-revealing”
“Poignant, funny and wise”
“Like Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections without the bitterness, mixed with Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides without the eccentricity, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing read”
“A beautifully layered and subtle novel of identity, with a wonderfully vivid sense of place and character. And it’s hesitatingly wise in all sorts of ways, as well as being a deftly constructed page-turner”
Rebecca Miller worked as a painter and 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. She is also the writer-director of Angela, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, and the novel and film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, which was selected for Richard and Judy’s summer reading club. Jacob’s Folly is her most recent novel.