Photographer from New York must go live in country to try to save money. Learns about life, herself, small town communities.
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.
A great holiday read. The characters are unique and the story line, while not sizzling, keeps you turning the pages.
Too hard to get into.
This book was good, but loosely woven with extraneous side stories.
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.
I enjoyed this book. The characters came through difficulty and realized a better life. Pleasantly contrived. Ending was a quick "tie up."
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.
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.
A fresh take on the Summer / Autumn romance. The set-up portion of the book felt awkward, but once the Quindlen stopped reiterating how dire the condition of the cabin and how financially insecure Rebecca had become; the story moved along at a good pace. In such a small town, the story line was a bit flawed that Rebecca would not learn of any deaths that may have occurred; however, that was a necessary plot line to move the story forward. All in all, well written and enjoyable.
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