It's been awhile since I've read a book by Anna Quindlen, so long in fact that she has quite a long list of books now that I haven't read. I don't remember how I happened upon this one, but I'm glad I did. What a wonderful story!
The lead character Rebecca Winter is a famous photographer whose signature work is the title of this book. She's in her 60s and finding it difficult to make ends meet what with supporting her parents one of whom has dementia and is in assisted living. She also gets tapped by her adult son for funds. She's squeezed from both sides with no inspiration for the next photo series. She abandons expensive New York City for the woods because she can sublet her apartment for big bucks and cheaply rent a rundown cottage in the woods. [Though Quindlen never says where it is, I'm thinking it's the Adirondacks.] She meets lots of characters, finds inspiration and makes friends. One of my favorite characters is Sarah who runs the local tea shop and has troubles of her own including a scumbag for a husband. Then there's the roofer Jim Bates who removes a raccoon from the attic beginning a friendship that will include sitting in a tree blind to photograph eagles.
Quindlen doesn't write the story with a linear progression of time. There's a forward progress, then a backward progress then a look into the future as an aside and then back to the present. It sounds strange but it works so well for this book.
Looking for a quick heartwarming read? Pick up a copy of "Still Life with Bread Crumbs".