Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel

by Anna Quindlen
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Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel by Anna Quindlen

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 a staying power all its own.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“[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

“[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
 
“[A] wise tale about second chances, starting over, and going after what is most important in life.”—Minneapolis StarTribune

“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


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812995756
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 23,585
File size: 3 MB

About 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.


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Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 8, 1952

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A., Barnard College, 1974

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 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.
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.
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".
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 10 months ago
Great book about this women finding herself after so much happening in her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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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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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