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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee finds Pippa, who is 50, and her husband, who is 80, moving from their townhouse to a retirement community in Connecticut. Pippa, who is not yet ready for retirement, begins to exhibit bizarre behavior in her sleep. She reflects back to her younger days, her difficult relationship with her pill-popping mother, and her participation in outrageous sexual performances. She gave up this life as a wolf to be tamed by an older man and fall into a life of domesticity and motherhood. To save her own sanity, she must find a way to cope with the new challenges of her life. This debut novel from Rebecca Miller (daughter of Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day-Lewis) has received mostly positive reviews with The Scotsman saying, "Taking marriage and mother-daughter relationships as her concerns here, and writing with what I think is a particularly feminine sensitivity and care, Miller has entered bravely into the territory dominated by women writers of immense intelligence, acuity and quiet power, such as the late Carol Shields, or Alice Munro or Anne Tyler. Miller may be the daughter of a great male playwright, but these women are her real literary forebears."