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A novel with the tendrils of poetry,
This review is from: Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Rebecca was sophisticated, Manhattan matured. How did she get duped into a country cottage with things that go bang in the night, odors, dilapidation, and aloneness? Rebecca's life framed-out like photography needing explanation, denoting failure.
Anna Quindlen has created a melancholy muse of the inner spirit, complete with classic ghosts from life's past and forward expectancy. Chance love of a second variety.
Rebecca's signature photo titled "Still Life with Bread Crumbs," a triumph in her youthful creative years, now served her little more than a reminder of aging and her struggle as a mature lady caught in the `sandwich generation' trap. Her income's failing to cover living for three generations suggested economization, which meant down-size.
Cottage life at a forest's edge included accounts of a stray dog called Jack. It could mist the eyes of a brawny handyman. Speaking of which . . . Jim, a roofer, evicted pests, hammered a fit tin roof, and could be objectively romantic. Was 15 years age disparity a factor in the "seniors'" world?
Such an intimate look at life, loneliness, love, loss, time past, time frozen, thoughts, fears, joys, and through balm and berries--hope.
Being a Baby Boomer I can wholeheartedly recommend this book of fiction. Though for the Boomer culture group Anna Quindlen's story will seem more like reality. It's pleasant reading but really gets the nostalgia churning. Poignant!
It's like a crocus blooming among sprouts of senility.
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2014 6:39:21 PM PST
I am a librarian. Any chance you would loan me your ARC? Terry
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2014 8:44:06 AM PST
Harold Wolf says:
Sorry, terryjane, that's against the rules. I can't pass it on or sell it. The only options are to save or destroy it. Author's appreciate that since an ARC is NOT the final copy where last minute changes have been made to correct any flaw.
You will enjoy. I have the utmost respect for librarians. My wife and I use our local library a great amount. The staff is excellent, helpful, friendly, and make each visit a delight.
Every public library needs to order this book. HW
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