- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 28, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HUCUVLO
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Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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Anna Quindlen is an extremely talented writer who can write just about anything -- news articles, novels, and a fabulous memoir which I have read twice already: Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. Every time I pick up one of her works, I am reminded about how she manages to capture details of everyday life that ring so true, but that most folks seem to gloss over without thought or contemplation.
There is no need to go into plot or story line as the product description is quite complete, so I will not bore you with a regurgitation of what can be easily found elsewhere. I would like to share that this book captured my attention in its opening pages and I found myself reading the entire book in a matter of a couple of days. I was on an airplane (which usually means I have a hard time focusing since I am too busy paying attention to everything else) and found myself totally blocking out the noises and activities of the other passengers. While there is some predictability to one aspect of the story, I still found myself delighted with the book and sorry to see it end.
For fans of Anne Tyler, Elizabeth Berg's early works, and Julia Glass --- if you haven't read Anna Quindlen I would recommend you give her a try.
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.
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.
This is one of my favorite authors and at first I had a hard time getting into the story because I thought there was just going to be more to the story. However the story was a simple, but not simple in an immature writing style or bad in any way, story about the seasons in Rebecca Winter's, a once very famous photographer, life. She was a once very famous photographer but as she approaches 60 she is finding herself low on funds and lonely, as she is now divorced from her husband and her grown son has left the nest. Her parents are aging...her mother, whom she was never close to as a child, is in a care home slowly succumbing to dementia and her father is living with their longtime housekeeper but still depends on Rebecca's financial help. However, Rebecca is finding it hard to keep up with the times, both with her photography and financially, so she moves temporarily to a cottage in the country and rents out her New York apartment to save money and to try to find herself.
While in her new cottage she meets a host of characters, all of whom appreciate Rebecca both as an artist and a friend. While out walking the woods, Rebecca begins finding white crosses with different memorials with them such as yearbooks, dolls, and trophies. She begins photographing them in situ and thinks she has something special to finally show. In the meantime Rebecca also meets Jim Bates, a local roofer and jack of all trades who she befriends over time. Little does Rebecca know that Jim's sister, Polly, is mentally ill and it is her that is leaving these mysterious crosses all over the woods. After a tragedy that remains unknown to Rebecca, Jim disappears from her life and Rebecca goes ahead with showing her White Cross Series at a new young hip gallery in New York. Rebecca Winter is back! But with this success she finds herself terribly lonely with Jim's sudden and unexplained disappearance from her life.
What will Rebecca do? Can she possibly talk to Jim and return to their former relationship? This is a book about change and how nothing remains the same. Life is always changing and you never know what will come next. Quindlen explores life and its many levels and layers through Rebecca's life. It is often funny, bittersweet, sad, and thoughtful. The book is simple but beautiful and I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick but meaningful read. 4 stars!