Friday, February 12, 2010

On The Shelf-The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

One of the things I love about the weekends are the occcasional stolen moments that you find for yourself. While the other family members are amusing themselves with things they don't get to do during the week, I love to curl up in a comfy chair and enjoy some quiet moments with a good book. I just finished reading Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and loved it.
Without giving away too much of the book, this tale tells the story of Pippa Lee, beautiful wife and devoted mother, (involved in the literary world through her husband, Herb, a retired publishing giant) who seems to live the perfect life of an affluent 50-something housewife. A more than colourful past that has no place in her present follows her, and when the two different worlds start to collide, she finds herself doing things in her sleep that are beyond a logical explanation, her world begins to unravel

"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 against his decrepitude," Pippa finds her beatific persona unraveling in alarming ways: the truth is that the gracious woman of the present day has seen more than her fair share of the wild side. By seventeen, Pippa had lived with a Dexedrine-addicted mother, felt the first stirrings of sexuality with a school girlfriend, had an affair with a teacher, and run away from home, set adrift on a course littered with broken hearts - until she seemingly found love and security in a family of her own. And now that established world, too, is in danger." "In Pippa Lee we have an unforgettable heroine, and a quirky and acutely intelligent portrait of the many lives behind a single name. Even after we've read it, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a story that is still unfurling-taken from the book jacket"

I haven't caught the movie yet, which stars Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, and Winona Ryder just to name a few. I usually prefer to read the written work before I venture to the cinema, hopefully the film does justice to this wonderful work of fiction by Ms. Miller.
The book is available through Amazon and Chapters, just click on the links to be taken directly to the pages.


Stefanie Valentine said...

It's been a while since i've sat down with a good novel, i've been reading lots of books on WWII, but it's not the same as cosying up with a good chick-lit!
This book sounds really interesting, i also hope that the film lives up to the book which doesn't happen all the time unfortunately. xx

Tish Jett said...

Happy Valentine's Day, dearest Lily. I hope you get something pink and wonderful.


bevysblog said...

Sounds like a great "curl up in your warm duvet" kind of book!

myletterstoemily said...

this is such a nostalgic blog. i look forward to visiting
over and over.