NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA 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. … 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
Beautifully written story about an older woman, a renowned artist who has fallen on hard times, who retreats to an isolated cabin in the country in an effort to regroup, and discovers life is still full of surprises.
A simple story, really. Yet utterly compelling. I couldn’t help but turn page after page wondering “What happens next?”
A woman taken completely out of her context, not so much by choice, but for financial survival, has none of the amenities she’s used to. But through trial and error, she comes to relish her new — stark — environs. And through …
Loved this story of unexpected love in midlife. Touching, hopeful and romantic.
Amazing writing and great story!
Anna Quindlen writes a good book. Being age 65 myself, I could really relate to this 60 year old’s feelings and worries of financial survival while trying to retire, relocating out of NYC, and caring for aging parents. Also elements of diminished popularity and income from being known photographer, new home and relationships (and later love), loss …
Thought it a wonderful read, just what I needed!
Anna Quindlen is one of my favorite authors. This book started out a little slow for me, but because I believe in her ability to tell a story a kept at it, and boy am I glad I did. I wasn’t sure how the relationships were going to be resolved, but she did it again. Do yourself a favor and check this book out.
An excellent book. Made me want to read others by this author…
I love the specificity of her writing, her affection for her characters, and her humanity.
A life is full of memorable characters and nothing ever stays the same. Nice to see romance involving a woman of “a certain age”
Beautiful use of language.
It was a 3-1/2 for me. Evenly paced, and interesting character development, but the wrap up of individual characters’ stories at the end seem to be written in a different style than the majority of the book.
Great overall book. Read it.
I always love Anna Quindlen. It doesn’t matter what she writes. This isn’t a big story, but I love the way she puts words together. This novel is very spare and it made me think about every word – it was all intentional and I tried to figure out why this detail and not another or more detail? Always a treat and I’m not sure how I missed this book …
Love all of her books
Anna Quindlen has never written a book that I didn’t like, and this was no exception.A gifted writer, whose characters are real and well developed, this was a great read.
This was the first time I’ve read anything by Anna Quindlen. I found it to be a fluffy “finding myself” story of a 60-year-old divorced woman; not what I expected. But, sometimes we need to read a little “fluff”!
I want this book. I’ve not read it.