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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,522 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Miller Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At age fifty, Pippa Lee seems perfectly content. The devoted wife of a successful publisher and proud mother of grown twins, a consummate hostess to the literati and an admired and trusted neighbor, her life seems to lack for nothing. But when she and her eighty-year-old husband move to a quiet retirement village, the routines and distractions that have upheld Pippa’s flawless feminine persona begin to crumble away. And under the surface, her surprisingly gritty and adventurous past is beginning to break through.

When Pippa finds herself acting out strange yearnings in her sleep, she gradually allows the voice of her lost self to come through into her consciousness, recounting a wild and reckless youth full of experimentation and heartbreak, passion and guilt. We learn how she ran away from home to escape the manic-depression of her pill-popping mother, only to fall into drugs herself among the loose New York art crowd. Leaving a trail of broken hearts and messy affairs behind her, it is only when she meets the older Herb that she discovers her longing for security and resolves to steal him from his wife in order to settle down and create a family of her own.

Written with quirky humor, intelligence and compassion, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a wise and acute portrait of the many lives behind a single name.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wise and irreverent.” 

    Nick Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

  • “[Miller] delves into the fraught relationships of families, particularly mothers and daughters, exploring the ways one woman deals with life’s surprises.”

    New York Times

  • “Strikingly unconventional.”


  • “Dreamy, elegant…Miller’s astute, beautifully nuanced novel explores the unpredictable consequences of choosing to live a safe but emotionally compromised life.”

    Daily Mail (UK) 

  • “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.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Miller stands on her own with Pippa Lee as she has with much of her previous work…One is reminded of T. S. Eliot’s play The Cocktail Party, masquerading as drawing room comedy, to lure us into deeper waters.”

    Buffalo News 

  • “Vivid, brave and experimental.”

    New York Observer

  • “Miller’s quietly devastating examination of ageing, love and loyalty is never less than compelling.”


  • “Magnificent…Miller’s depiction of her title character’s tangled universe is so nuanced, so lovingly detailed, that it’s impossible not to get drawn in.”


  • “[A] promising first novel…Pippa’s struggle to break the ‘chain of misunderstandings and adjustments’ that passes from parent to child is moving…The story’s held together by Miller’s sincere and intelligent protagonist.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Miller brings a simmering intelligence and verbal flair to this deft exploration of the courage required to own your own life.”


  • “[A] beautifully layered and subtle novel of identity…hesitatingly wise in all sorts of ways.”

    Joseph O’Connor, author 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jessica Bell | 2/16/2014

    " A plotless page-turner! Sounds impossible? Read this and see why it's not! And just a note, her metaphors are so unique and interesting that the first time you read them they don't sound like metaphors. Then you do a double take, "Ohh, what a wonderful phrase." and you read it again, and realise how freakin talented you have to be to think of such a thing! Loved this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emma | 1/16/2014

    " started ok but in the end thought it was a weak story/character and a dull read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anne | 12/31/2013

    " What an excellent read - very surprising twists and turns. Her first novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane | 12/31/2013

    " Can't put this ice berg book down - you start at the tip and the story gets deeper and darker as you descend into it! "

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