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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (May 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491523255
- ISBN-13: 978-1491523254
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
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Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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Rebecca Winter was once a famous photographer, and, with any luck, she will be again. Having achieved surprising early success with her feminist “Kitchen Counter” collection, Rebecca, now 60, finds herself on fame and fortune’s flip side. With her former torrent of royalties dwindling to a trickle, Rebecca has been forced to give up her perfect Manhattan apartment for a paltry upstate cabin, and with marauding raccoons, stray dogs, and trigger-happy hunters, life in the country is proving to be no walk in Central Park. Luckily, Rebecca still has her camera, and she soon finds inspiration for new work in unexpected places, often in the company of a bird-watching roofer named Jim, whose quiet companionship proves to be just the balm she needs to fully embrace her unfamiliar surroundings. 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.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Quindlen will hit the road with her latest novel, backed by a mammoth media promotional campaign. --Carol Haggas --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“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
“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.”—Publishers 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 Reviews
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Not only a prolific writer (seven novels, eight works of nona-fiction, and two children’s books, as well as being a columnist for Newsweek) Quindlen is a talented, insightful writer whose plot lines are unique and whose characters are so real they seem to be drawn from reality. Who, in this case, is the main protagonist Rebecca Winter inspired by the author in an earlier age when she began to question the meaning of each stage of a woman’s life. Her life, the life of Rebecca, who, at first, is valued by her work assayed by others, not by herself. Once renowned and rich, our sixty-year-old heroine is reduced to financial straits; forced to lease out her New York City apartment and rent a run-down cabin in the rural woods. Rebecca finds herself bereft of luxuries, lacking amenities, and “reduced” to fending for herself.
In the process of going from “riches to rags” (and living on the edge of poverty), puzzled to an existence she never knew before, Rebecca learns more from life as she discovers who she really is. All of this may sound like a bit of lofty banality, but this author is a master of couching the major, deeper meanings of life in minor events; all of which are somehow, sometimes humorously, interwoven. Sarah, the tea shop and bakery proprietress; Jim Bates the roofer; Polly, Jim’s sister; small white crosses with talismans inexplicably placed in the forest; Jack, the dog; Sonya, her father’s maid and companion; and Ben, Rebecca’s son. Each is complex with his/her own philosophy; each with their own deepening message in which Rebecca comes to find the true meaning of her own.
For those of you who would deem this a “chick lit” romance novel, think again. It is a well thought out and well-written literary gem that sparkles in the dark recesses of the mind and lights up the gloomiest winter chambers of the heart. And, unlike most of Quindlen’s other novels, she moves its moments of darkness into light richness with a very satisfyingly moving happy ending.
I would call this the perfect holiday read; but as the last days of December are quickly passing into the uncertain nether regions of the coming new year, I recommend Still Life with Bread Crumbs as an anecdote to what may be many dismal weeks ahead. A breath of spring time reading in the midst of the winter of our own discontents. Who knows? You may find hope and solace within the covers of this novel. Just as I did.
When on the first night she’s awakened by sounds in the attic crawlspace she needs an exterminator and meets a younger roofer Jim, almost 15 years her junior. He too has family obligations that command much of his time and life. The citizenry of the local town are colorful and adroitly written by author Anna Quindlen. They are fleshed out as actual and true characters who anyone who has ever lived in a small town will recognize.
The growing relationship between Rebecca and Jim moves along at a reasonable clip as they learn about each other. The area wildlife, a roaming dog, a new photographic series all blend into a story of two people who desperately need a second chance.
I also identified with her struggle with her parents. I took care of a mother who did not recognize me much of the time. Talk about becoming invisible!
So I liked the character and I liked the story. I like that she reinvented herself in a world and with a person who would see her in ways that made her like herself and want to be part of the world. She became relevant to herself.
The ending was rushed. There was nothing about her time away, teaching or a semester. There was very little about the courtship of the two main characters. The bulk of the story is how they arrived there. Still, I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to my friends.
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