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.
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“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’”
“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.”
“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.”
“Miller’s astute, beautifully nuanced novel explores the unpredictable consequences of choosing to live a safe, but emotionally compromised, life.”
Rebecca Miller is also the author of Jacob’s Folly and the short story collection Personal Velocity, her feature film adaptation of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard and Judy Summer Read 2008 title. She worked as a painter and actress before becoming a writer and director of films including Angela,The Ballad of Jack and Rose, and the most recently, the film adaptation of her novel The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.