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Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

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Longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

It is not often that you read a book where all the characters are ‘nice’ and although some of the plot is tragic, most of the tale has an upbeat, hopeful slant to it. This is such a tale, the story of a 60-year old famous photographer whose fame has run its course and her funds are running out along with her popularity. She has a complete life change which results in the ability to reclaim her old status. Strangely her decision is easy to make. This is a charming, pleasant read, very enjoyable.

If you like Anna Quindlen you might also like to read books by Lorrie Moore, Marisa De Los Santos and Miriam Toews .

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Why is a successful photographer renting out her beautiful New York apartment and living a penniless life in a small cabin in the remote outskirts of the city? Aged sixty, and feeling her mortality, Rebecca has fallen on hard times and can’t see how things can improve. She quietly explores the nature around her, befriends some local neighbours and continues with her photography. And then she meets Jim, who is very special, and everything seems perfect until he unexpectedly disappears. A delightfully moving and heart-warming tale, full of humour and heartbreak, and which shows love often appears at the most unexpected times.
~ Caroline White


Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

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 love unexpected, 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.


'Quindlen has made a home at the top of the bestsellers lists with novels that capture the grace and frailty of everyday life, and her latest work is sure to take her there again. With spare, elegant prose, she 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.' Publisher's Weekly

'A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and star in the pantheon of domestic fiction (Every Last One, 2010), 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

About the Author

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, non-fiction, and self-help bestseller lists. 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. She is the author of six novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, and Every Last One.

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30th November 1999


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