The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller

Synopsis from the back of the book;-

Meet Pippa Lee, a thoroughly modern heroine.

She is the devoted wife and mother of a brilliant man thirty years her senior, proud mother of grown up twins, and an adored friend and neighbour. But when once she was content with this seemingly enviable world, Pippa finds her life beginning to unravel. Amid the lawnmowers and suburban coffee mornings, she starts to wonder, how did she find herself in this place?

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a story of wild youth, unexpected encounters, affairs, betrayals and the dangerous security of marriage. It brilliantly captures the challenges, confusion and excitement of modern life – and all the possibility that it holds.

This book starts seemingly as a safe predictable read about a middle aged woman and her much older husband moving into a retirement community. However it soon changes changes into something entirely different when we are taken back to Pippa’s dysfuntional childhood and teenage years. It then appears to go down into the sado masochistic and drug scene for a while. When Pippa starts a relationship with Herb Lee 30 years her senior who ultimately becomes her husband, a truly shocking event seems to trigger a period of domestic harmony and a perfectly behaved Pippa for the next 20 years or so.
In the third part of the book yet more unexpected things happen. Pippa befriends the strange son of her new friend who is portayed as an almost supernatural god -like being especially during one intimate scene which some readers might find offensive.
I enjoyed reading this book and liked Pippa Lee especially when she behaves like the perfect housewife on the outside but has rebellious thoughts all cooped up inside.
The author writes well in my opinion and I would definitely pick up another of her books.

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