Still Life with Bread Crumbs

Still Life with Bread Crumbs

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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A superb love story from Anna Quindlen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Rise and Shine, Blessings, and A Short Guide to a Happy Life

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.
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"There comes a moment in every novelist's career when she . . . ventures into new territory, breaking free into a marriage of tone and style, of plot and characterization, that's utterly her own. Anna Quindlen's marvelous romantic comedy of manners is just such a book. . . . Taken as a whole, Quindlen's writings represent a generous and moving interrogation of women's experience across the lines of class and race. [Still Life with Bread Crumbs] proves all the more moving because of its light, sophisticated humor. Quindlen's least overtly political novel, it packs perhaps the most serious punch. . . . Quindlen has delivered a novel that will have staying power all its own."The New York Times Book Review

"[A] wise tale about second chances, starting over, and going after what is most important in life."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Quindlen's astute observations . . . are the sorts of details every writer and reader lives for."—Chicago Tribune
"[Anna] Quindlen's seventh novel offers the literary equivalent of comfort food. . . . She still has her finger firmly planted on the pulse of her generation."—NPR
"Enchanting . . . [The protagonist's] photographs are celebrated for turning the 'minutiae of women's lives into unforgettable images,' and Quindlen does the same here with her enveloping, sure-handed storytelling."People
"Charming . . . a hot cup of tea of a story, smooth and comforting about the vulnerabilities of growing older . . . a pleasure."USA Today

"With spare, elegant prose, [Quindlen] crafts a poignant glimpse into the inner life of an aging woman who discovers that reality contains much more color than her own celebrated black-and-white images."Library Journal

"Quindlen has always excelled at capturing telling details in a story, and she does so again in this quiet, powerful novel, showing the charged emotions that teem beneath the surface of daily life."Publishers Weekly

"Quindlen presents instantly recognizable characters who may be appealingly warm and nonthreatening, but that only serves to drive home her potent message that it's never too late to embrace life's second chances."Booklist

"Profound . . . engaging."Kirkus Reviews
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group


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Jul 24, 2020

Totally agree with the review by AlteredStaite. Although beautifully written, this is nothing but a Harlequin book for the senior set........I couldn't be bothered to finish it......too boring!

Jul 04, 2020

Loved this book. A love story with twists along the way. Left me wistful and nostalgic.

Jul 01, 2020

Have you ever rushed through a book because you're enjoying it so much and then regretted it because you've finished? For me this was that book. I just loved the style of writing and the character of Rebecca Winter and yes Jim Bates too. To describe it as a Romance will be selling it short but yes I did want to see how the romance turned out. Rebecca is a photographer and Quindlen's description of her was so beautiful that I said to myself "I wish I could take pictures like that." And as always while reading Quindlen's book I wished I could write like her. The character of Polly James does not play too major a role but it was poignant and brought tears to my eyes. All in all a "must read."

Mar 14, 2020

I ejoyed this book, and intend to read more of this author's books. I liked the ending - if I want to see stories with sad endings, I can always watch the news.

Katherine_A Jul 19, 2019

Beautiful writing style. Anna Quindlen does a fabulous job portraying the main character, Rebecca Winters, trials and tribulations as he finds her way in life.

Oct 02, 2018

The Monday Afternoon Book Club had a wonderful discussion of this title, with some saying the novel was a bit bland while others found it subtle and rich. Either way, there was a lot to talk about - some delightful side characters and plots.

Oct 01, 2018

What an absolutely delightful story from start to finish with some appropriate sadness here and there.

Oct 31, 2017

Sweet and well written but just middle aged chic lit- Harlequin for the senior set. Famous and successful older woman falls on hard times (even though she owns an outrageously expensive apartment in New York) so 'drops out' to a picturesque little cottage in the country and 'finds love' with some hot young lumberjack type in a small town. BARF

May 14, 2017

Photographer from New York must go live in country to try to save money. Learns about life, herself, small town communities.

Mar 02, 2017

Some of us have the ability to make independent choices for a fresh start. The main character, Rebecca does just that but doesn't realize that is whats shes done. She thinks she is giving in, giving up and dropping out of her circle of friends and celebrity status as a photographer. She took an iconic photograph (still life with breadcrumbs) that brought her fame.
Now as she retreats to a rustic cabin in upstate New York she begins to discover that seeing with her camera and her eyes may be two completely different ways of looking at the world. And both introduce her to a new way of being and sharing that makes for a satisfying reading experience. Funny and smart and sad and hopeful.

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