Still Life With Bread CrumbsAfter reading several young adult books, I was in the mood for something light and quick-paced.

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I found that with Anna Quindlen’s  Still Life with Bread Crumbs.

The story follows protagonist Rebecca Winter, a 60 year old photographer who was once famous but now feels used up.  Jobs are now few and far between.  Thanks to many expenses including her elderly parents’ nursing home care, Rebecca decides to lease her nice New York City apartment and move out to the country for a year.  She rents a dumpy cottage in the woods and finds herself at a loss for awhile.

She slowly eases into a routine and finds herself hiking through the woods.  When she stumbles upon crosses in the woods with momentos near them like old pictures and a yearbook, she has to take pictures.  The pictures eventually lead to her revival as a photographer.

However, before that happens, she spends much time in introspection, evaluating her life, her career, her marriage, and her relationships with her son and parents.  She also develops a friendship with a local roofer, Jim Bates, which, predictably, leads to a romance.

While I found Rebecca’s introspection compelling, the romance felt contrived and obvious.  I knew it would occur; there was no suspense, even when the author tried to throw obstacles in the way of their relationship.

While I enjoyed reading this book and was able to read it quickly, in the end, I was dissatisfied by the lack of substance.

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.


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