Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

A Novel

Large Print - 2014
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Praise for Still Life with Bread Crumbs

"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 Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2014
Edition: 1st large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780804194396
0804194394
Characteristics: 338 p

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AlteredStaite
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

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cherymcginness
May 14, 2017

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

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feralranger
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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diannehildebrand
Dec 29, 2016

A great holiday read. The characters are unique and the story line, while not sizzling, keeps you turning the pages.

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ronchervy
Aug 23, 2016

Too hard to get into.

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perriko
Jun 10, 2016

This book was good, but loosely woven with extraneous side stories.

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Gensc
May 29, 2016

I would describe this book as solidly "ok". This writing is good but not overly compelling. I found myself putting the book down for weeks at a time before picking it up again. The characters are interesting and there were a few surprising twists and turns, but the pay-off was lame. I thought the conclusion was underwhelming and seemed a little too sacchariney sweet for a wrap up. I might give another one of her books a try, but it's not high on my list.

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cemetery613
Jan 02, 2016

I enjoyed this book. The characters came through difficulty and realized a better life. Pleasantly contrived. Ending was a quick "tie up."

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Alena_C
Oct 31, 2015

From the first page, I quickly fell in love with Anna Quindlen's beautiful writing style. Still Life With Bread Crumbs is a lyrical, quiet read that explores the facets of aging, art, love, and solitude.

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readerpat
Jun 29, 2015

An interesting story about a 60 year old photographer who rents a cottage in the country while she rents out her New York flat to earn some money. She meets a younger man and starts a friendship which leads into a romance.

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