Saturday, February 7, 2015

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Sixty-year old photographer Rebecca Freeman forces herself into exile in upstate New York when she makes a small town cottage her home. This is her escape from the expensive lifestyle of New York City and also from her crumbling career. In her heyday, Rebecca was lauded for her groundbreaking photographs of her domestic life but as of late the commissions have dwindled significantly.

The cottage resembles nothing of the ads but her financial situation gives her no choice but to stick it out, no matter the regrets she now has. Without wifi, much of her days are spent at Tea for Two with the chatty proprietor, Sarah, known for her scones.

Rebecca is introduced to a younger man, Jim, the town's roofer, when a raccoon wreaks havoc in the attic. On the side, Jim follows the migratory patterns of birds for the state's wildlife association. The two are paired to together when Rebecca is hired on for a small stipend to photograph the bird Jim tracks.

This was the first book I have read by the prolific Quindlen, and I must confess that I was pleasantly surprised. Reminiscent of a less humorous How Stella Got Her Grove Back, this story was lightweight enough to make for a quick read, yet meaty enough to leave readers sated.

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