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Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel
by Anna Quindlen

Published: 2014-01-28
Hardcover : 252 pages
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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 ...
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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

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Discussion Questions

Suggested by Members

What did you think the crosses we Really?
by Rheach (see profile) 04/12/16

Is there symbolism in the story regarding the statement on page 18,
"Why did the forest out back smell of rot, and the sunny front lawn like the signature of springtime?"
by kauten (see profile) 05/15/14

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

“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

Book Club Recommendations

Great Opportunity to share favorite photographs
by bkmnmpl (see profile) 05/27/15
Each member could bring a memorable photograph to share since many of us, like Rebecca, make emotion connections to our photographs.

Member Reviews

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by wileygreen (see profile) 01/30/20

 
  "Slow start"by lpollinger (see profile) 07/12/17

Rebecca Winter was once a famous and wealthy photographer. Now in her 60's she has leased out her NYC apartment and moved to a cabin in the middle of nowhere where she meets Jim Bates, 40's,... (read more)

 
  "Still Life With Breadcrumbs "by Rheach (see profile) 04/12/16

Everyone liked the book. Has some great sayings in it.

 
by kavilla (see profile) 08/19/15

 
  "Fun Discussion"by Kwizgiver (see profile) 06/12/15

We enjoyed the characters, setting, and how visual the book was. After talking about our favorite characters, we pretended we were going to make a movie of it and cast it!

 
  "Still Life with Bread Crumbs"by bkmnmpl (see profile) 05/27/15

I enjoyed the journey with the main character Rebecca as she begins a new chapter of her life... in an unfamiliar place, with new people, and with few prospects for her future. I especially liked the view... (read more)

 
  "Still Life With Bread Crumbs"by iluv2nit4u (see profile) 05/26/15

I liked this book. At first I thought it started out slow, but as I continued it got more interesting. I thought it was quite a life change for Rebecca to go from living in Manhattan to the country.... (read more)

 
  "A feel-good book"by Blissfulreader (see profile) 02/26/15

Easy read with creative language and quirky characters

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