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March 14, 2014

Book review: Anna Quindlen creates poetic narrative in Still Life with Bread Crumbs

NORMAN — Book: Still Life with Bread Crumbs (2014, Random House)

Author: Anna Quindlen

Why you should read: It’s hard to find authors who have the kind of talent that brings life to inanimate objects. Fortunately, Anna Quindlen is one such writer in “Still Life with Bread Crumbs.” The writing is superb. It is about the long life of Rebecca Winer. Now in the sunset of her life, she often reminisces about her old life as a successful kitchen photographer. Those times have passed, and she now finds herself in economic distress, having to sacrifice many of her beloved comforts.

To be frank, I think it is safe to say the full spectrum of adult women will find this work the most appealing. Men might get bored by the subject matter’s lack of action. Experienced male readers might still find enjoyment in the beauty of the prose, however, so don’t be shy. I would equate this to a long a piece of poetic narrative than just a simple book.

The story is a light one, shifting from warm to humorous, and past to present. Her economic struggles will be relatable to most readers during this time of hardship. And most readers will quickly identify with the main character, Rebecca. Readers looking for light enjoyment without sacrificing substance should find “Still Life” to be a worthwhile use of free time.

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