Pippa Lee has a stable, prosperous life in place at age fifty, when her older husband decides they should move to a retirement community outside the city. She is suddenly deprived of the stimulation and distraction that had held everything in place. She begins sleepwalking, losing track of her own mind; her foundations begin to shudder, and gradually we learn the truth of the young life that led her finally to settle down in marriage—years of neglect, rebellion, wild transgressions and powerful defiance. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is the study of a brave, perilous, many-layered woman—an acutely intelligent portrait of the many lives behind a single name.

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