Dear Great Book Guru, We had a wonderful Easter with our annual rubber ducky hunt followed by a record breaking bocce tournament. At the party, Joan Neuhoff, a voracious reader, suggested I read Anna Quindlen’s latest book. Are you a fan of Quindlen’s and would you recommend her newest novel? Bocce by the Book
Dear Bocce by the Book, I just finished STILL LIFE WITH BREAD CRUMBS and yes, I am a fan of Quindlen’s. The title refers to a very successful series of photographs by artist Rebecca Winter, sixty and divorced, facing a rather dismal financial future. A well known photographer, Winter’s works no longer command the high prices of the past and her expenses keep mounting so she decides to live a cheaper, simple life in rural Connecticut. There she meets an array of interesting characters- characters who reminded me a lot of Sea Cliff’s own- and everything gradually changes for the better. The contrast between her life in a New York City penthouse and her cottage in this small village is humorously drawn. There were some plot lapses but for the most, we see an older woman, still attractive, still talented, beset with doubts and financial woes who ultimately triumphs. An enjoyable read!