“Still Life With Bread Crumbs” by Anna Quindlan (Random House, 272 pages, in stores)
Famed photographer Rebecca Winter needed time to think. She also needed money. The once high-profile New York City photographer sublet her apartment in order to free up funds to support her aging parents. Anna Quindlan's “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” takes us on a journey with Rebecca to a small cabin in the woods.
There she faces the stark reality that her famous photo collection is fading from the forefront and her royalty checks have slowed to a crawl.
Her identity is entwined with her public persona, and Rebecca is not really sure who she is. Ex-wife? Mother? Daughter? Has-been photographer? Does she still have it? All these questions swirl in her head as she continues to check her bank balance every day.
New people and new experiences enter her life, including a nice outdoorsy man a few years her junior. He has his own life challenges, and their two worlds collide when she jump-starts her career with a series of photographs featuring crosses found in the wilderness. His heartache becomes part of her future.
She begins to see her life in segments and soon concludes this segment is not so bad.
Quindlan is masterful at making everyday life a worthwhile reading experience. You get a strong sense of place in her novels and get to know her characters well.
— Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and vice president of news for OPUBCO Communications Group