Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

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by Anna Quindlen, Carrington MacDuffie
     
 

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A superb love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen

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

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A superb love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Anna Quindlen

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.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the novels of Anna Quindlen
 
“Packs an emotional punch . . . Quindlen succeeds at conveying the transience of everyday worries and the never-ending boundaries of a mother’s love.”The Washington Post, about Every Last One
 
“New friends await readers . . . characters you will delight in getting to know and miss once you’ve finished the book.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch, about Rise and Shine
 
“[Quindlen] writes passionately . . . painstakingly uncovering all the intensity, suspicion and primitive love that bonds mothers and daughters.”The Boston Globe, about One True Thing
 
“A polished gem of a novel . . . lovingly crafted, beautifully written.”—The Miami Herald, about Blessings
 
“Mesmerizing . . . impossible to put down.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch, about Black and Blue
 
“A small triumph . . . elaborate and playful . . . honest and deeply felt . . . Here is the Quindlen wit, the sharp eye for details of class and manners, the ardent reading of domestic lives.”—The New York Times, about Object Lessons
Library Journal
09/15/2013
Photographer Rebecca Winter was once famed worldwide for images like Still Life with Bread Crumbs, for which she is best known. But now her success has faded, as has her income, and she's sublet her big-city apartment and moved to a cabin in the woods. A need for home repairs leads her to roofer Jim Bates, and by the novel's closing pages she has love, a new view of the world, and a shiny tin roof. Upbeat romance from the socially astute Quindlen; with an eight-city tour.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480533165
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/04/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,180,440
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of seven novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, and Still Life with Bread Crumbs. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
July 8, 1952
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., Barnard College, 1974
Website:
http://annaquindlen.net/

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 97 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made me think of life as possibilities, with both beginnings and endings as never black or white. It was well written and entertaining and I found meaning, true to life, on every page. Brilliant!
PASteadyCustomer More than 1 year ago
I rarely rate the books I am reading or have read.  I make this an exception.  I found the writing to be beautiful...at times like poetry.  The last time i read a book a second time, it was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I was 12.  This book I will read again...Thank you, Anna...
dobiemom More than 1 year ago
Anna Quindlen is a gifted author.  She understands life and I find her writing inspirational.  The writing is so well crafted  and both  meaningful and a fun read.  She just makes you feel better. I will be reading this book many times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written artistically. It is rare to read a book where the narrative style matches the creativity of the characters. Would have given 5 stars if Quindlen had not contrived to let everyone overcome adversity and live "happily ever after".
GrammyReading More than 1 year ago
at 60 life sometimes slows down....gets quiet...while internally there is a constant movement of purpose...of upheaval...a change that becomes necessary...persistent in thought...not physically hurried, but mentally and emotionally looking ahead...as far as you can......for as long as you can live...sometimes with fear, dread, question, concern.....while others around you become smaller, sometimes disappearing..leaving, dying...and leaving behind some hope....some thing that gathers you up and propels you...into the rest of your life.....good for rebecca...for jim...for benji, for sarah, for tad.....for me and for you
Livanlearn More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story and Anna Quindlen's style of writing. It was a very enjoyable ready.
Mockingbird53 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot - There are so many possibilities in life and this novel by Ms. Quindlen underlines this in a beautifully written way.
Maximillian More than 1 year ago
So , I agree with Amanda. Why did Jim kill the raccoon? This book is overrated. It is a lame story with some self-absorbed people who are insensitive to others. Really, how did this book get to be so popular?
IrishIL More than 1 year ago
I was a little concerned when I first read some reviews on this book; but bought it anyway. The book takes off a little slow, it does jump back and forth, however keep reading it gets better as it goes, and besides you really want to find out how it all comes out in the end. I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of Anna Quindlen, but this book whose main character is a middle-aged woman trying to re-invent herself and finding a completely different set of values is stunning in its sensitivity. Her decision to rent a remote cabin in a rural community that is equivalent to a foreign country to her brings physical and emotional challenges that she stumbles through very well. Anna Quindlen has written a splendid story that pares life down to its basic best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book would recommended it to anyone. Would read more of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, Anna Quindlen's use of the English language and imagery is beautiful. Her understated development of Rebecca's story is both poignant and amusing. It is a book to be savored.
Anonymous 11 months ago
So nice to read an interesting book about a 60+ woman who is not considered past her prime. Well done!
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Anonymous 11 months ago
This book came highly recommended, but I didn't enjoy it and stopped reading at page 100.The story never grabbed me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not get into this book at the beginning nor in the middle and when it ended, I had no idea what it was about.  Flat, rambling and very boring.
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When I first starting reading the book, my initial reaction was "not another divorced woman who finds romance". There was some of that but it was more about a woman finding her identity and not having to apologize. There was humor and sadness. Good story and so well written.
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THIS IS WELL WRITTEN AND A TERRIFIC STORY. EASY READ, VERY ENJOYABLE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AUTHOR AND THIS BOOK.
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Nubian_princesa More than 1 year ago
***Giveaway*** What a poetic work of art. It moved me in ways a book hasn't in a long while. Anna Quindlen is talented and it shows in "Still life with Breadcrumbs"