Still Life with Bread Crumbs Hardcover – 30 Jan 2014
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"[A] marvelous romantic comedy of manners ... Taken as a whole, Quindlen’s writings represent a generous and moving interrogation of women’s experience across the lines of class and race ... [Still Life with Bread Crumbs] proves all the more moving because of its light, sophisticated humor. Quindlen’s least overtly political novel, it packs perhaps the most serious punch ... Quindlen has delivered a novel that will have a staying power all its own." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Focused on a few characters, this is engaging, immaculately constructed storytelling, with a warm message about the chance of happiness later in life" (Guardian)
"Quindlen has made a home at the top of the bestsellers lists with novels that capture the grace and frailty of everyday life, and her latest work is sure to take her there again. With spare, elegant prose, she crafts a poignant glimpse into the inner life of an aging woman who discovers that reality contains much more color than her own celebrated black-and-white images." (Library Journal)
"Quindlen has always excelled at capturing telling details in a story, and she does so again in this quiet, powerful novel, showing the charged emotions that teem beneath the surface of daily life." (Publisher’s Weekly)
"A Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and star in the pantheon of domestic fiction (Every Last One, 2010), Quindlen presents instantly recognizable characters who may be appealingly warm and nonthreatening, but that only serves to drive home her potent message that it’s never too late to embrace life’s second chances." (Booklist)
A once-famous photographer attempts to rebuild her life in the superb new novel from Anna Quindlen, the New York Times bestselling author of Every Last OneSee all Product description
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One has to endure 7/8ths of the book hearing about what a 'victim' this woman is! She acts as if she has no real autonomy of her own. She feels 'put upon' and 'ground down', but never notices that it is She who is choosing, and doing it to herself! She is very much a conformist to the 1950s view of a woman. And whats so good about that. That is why (some) women have now broken out of that mould, and stopped 'accepting' that others should dictate and rule their life. This is about a weak woman, who just lies down and accepts.
Old-fashioned, old-fashioned, old-fashioned! Why do women authors persist in writing this sort of rubbishy woman character? Who wants to read about this? It is boring. It seems that the author is firmly stuck in the 1950s, with outdated attitudes about women and their place in the world.
Surprisingly, the author herself is only 62 years old (according to Wikipedia). I was convinced that she must be at least 75+ years old, as she has such a low opinion/view of women. She writes the character as if she is much older, and lacking in much 'gumption' or drive. The misery of this 'has been' or 'inadequate' who seems to have 'given up' on herself just doesn't cut it nowadays. This seems to be an attitude prevalent amongst many women authors, as if it is just a 'given' that women must just 'accept' and put up with a poor life!
I didn't feel that any of the characters were well-drawn. I didn't care about any of them. I never once felt any imperative to get back to this tedium about the No-hopers who populate this book.
So, if you want to read about a weak, 'accepting' woman - who goes to live amongst other no-hopers, in a small town - this is the book for you!
Written with insight and a thread of dry quirky humour, I was attracted to this story which acknowledges pain and loss, and celebrates life.
I happened to be reading Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer at the same time.
The latter is richer, deeper and more nuanced, but there is a similar theme. Prodigal Summer will stay on my bookshelves for a return read. Still Life will go to Oxfam.