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Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Updated on June 6, 2014

A Novel That Warms the Soul

Like a chat with a good friend, Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen warmed my soul and made me hope it wouldn't end.

Rebecca Winter is a 60-year-old photographer whose still life photos have brought her fame and fortune, but that's coming to an end. Her posters and prints are no longer selling well and with a son and elderly parents she is responsible for, she feels the pinch in the pocketbook and the ego.

As a way to lower her expenses, she rents out her Manhattan apartment and moves to a cheaper house in upstate New York for a year. The move is an eye opener and brings her to take photos of crosses in the woods that she comes across while hiking.

Reading this intriguing story that rings true was a treat and one I might have to repeat. And I rarely reread books.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Still Life with Bread Crumbs - A Novel by Anna Quindlen

Read it. You'll love it! At least I did. And I'm fairly picky about my books.

Words to Describe This Novel

Romantic, Realistic, Funny, Truthful

Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a masterpiece, in my opinion. The author uses a technique throughout the book to poke fun at her writing and the story, in a way.

She writes "But that was later" several times throughout this book to foreshadow what will happen. Whether or not she ever expounds on that or not is another matter.

It's wonderfully done!

Novelist, Columnist, Author of Nonfiction Books

Anna Quindlen is a well-rounded writer. She's been a journalist, a columnist, a nonfiction and fiction book author.

She has written newspaper and magazine columns, notably the New York Times column Public and Private and Last Word for Newsweek.

She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.

Visit Anna Quindlen's website for a look at all of her writing.

Anna Quindlen's Novels

I've read all of these novels (except for Every Last One, which I plan to read soon) and loved them, too. Her writing is lyrical and eloquent.

She also wrote the novel Object Lessons and nonfiction books including Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake; A Short Guide to a Happy Life; and How Reading Changed My Life.

Books Into Movies

Maybe you'll recognize some of these movies based on Quindlen's books.

Movies from Quindlen's Books

Have You Read Any of Anna Quindlen's Books? - Or Seen Any of the Movies Made from Her Books?

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      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This author is going on my MUST read list. When you first were writing about this book, I thought it was non fiction and I wanted to see how she was going to turn her life around. I need to take notes; I'll be 60 soon. ha

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      4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      This is going on my book list. Sounds like a delightful book to put my hands on. Thank you for sharing.

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      4 years ago

      I have not. Sounds like I need to get reading though!


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