Still Life With Bread Crumbs

A Novel

Quindlen, Anna

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Still Life With Bread Crumbs
This novel 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 expensive world she knows in New York City, sublet her apartment, and move to a small, inexpensive cabin in the country, where her life falls into a quieter rhythm. 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.

Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 1400065755
Characteristics: 252 pages ;,25 cm


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Jan 22, 2015

If I could get this book for Hammpton Oaks BookClub before Feb. 1 that would be great .Please let me know.


Jan 21, 2015

A romantic relationship sparks in the midst of revelry with the natural world. Quindlen’s book centers on an older woman’s self-discovery in rural upstate New York. Quindlen is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former New York Times columnist.

Jan 19, 2015
  • Mothercat rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this one, well written, very readable.

Sep 23, 2014
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good enjoyable book. I like books with an older heroine. It is a gentle love story without all the drama of youth. Simple easy read of personal growth without knowing it was needed.

Sep 18, 2014
  • DorisWaggoner rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Rebecca is "past her prime," as a post-feminist photographer who is also flat broke. She's hoping that a year renting out her fancy NYC apt. and staying in a cheap rental in the country will set things right, both financially and professionally. I loved the first paragraph, where she's awakened by a gunshot at 2:00 in the morning. That, however, is her city understanding. The country reality is a raccoon caught in a cage in her attic. The cage has been put there by the neighborhood handyman, who's considerably younger than her 60+. She learns, however, that friendship, and love, aren't just a product of city sophistication. As with all Quindlen books, Rebecca grows and changes. Character driven books are my favorites, and Quindlen always delivers. In spite of the wild beginning, it sagged for a bit after that, or I'd have given it a complete 5 stars. She gets better and better, though. Or perhaps it's just that this book is about a woman closer to my age than some.

Aug 12, 2014

a nice easy read. First book I have read by this author; I find her style concise and effective, and I it has a good message.

Jul 11, 2014
  • Kimbolizzie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

She is simply a great writer, who uses words effectively and beautifully. I've slogged through a lot of mediocre books this summer, and as usual I could not put Anna Quindlen's down. Never an eye-roll moment with her work.

Jun 26, 2014
  • cmb8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

enjoyable book to read

Jun 26, 2014
  • aisha65 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I didn't find this book to be as good as her other ones.

Jun 14, 2014
  • vikingmama rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another page turner from Anna Quindlen, exploring the sometimes painful realization that time passes quickly, changing life, changing those we love, and changing us.

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