When renowned photographer Rebecca Winter leases out her condo in the city and takes a cottage in the country, she gets more out of life than she thought she would. Still Life with Bread Crumbs is about a member of the “sandwich” population, a woman getting squeezed from both ends, both emotionally and financially by her aging parents and her son. Her earlier photographic career has made her a hero of sorts to many women, but now she is on the downslope of her career with an unsupportive agent and a shaky bank balance. Instead of waiting for the inevitable, she takes her fate in her own hands and changes her situation. The problems don’t go away, but she finds energy to cope with them, and in the process gets another chance at professional success and personal happiness.
Anna Quindlen’s seventh novel is about reaching out, never giving up, and is a lesson in staying open to new opportunities. This is a portrait of a woman one can identify with, laugh with, root for, but never feel sorry for. A thoroughly good read, this novel left me feeling optimistic about life. This would be a great book club novel, and is suitable for all adult readers.