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Black and Blue - Anna Quindlen
Black and Blue
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With this stunning novel about a woman and a marriage that begins in passion and becomes violent, the Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist and bestselling author of One True Thing and Object Lessons moves to a new dimension as a writer of superb fiction. "If literature were judged solely by its... show more
With this stunning novel about a woman and a marriage that begins in passion and becomes violent, the Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist and bestselling author of One True Thing and Object Lessons moves to a new dimension as a writer of superb fiction. "If literature were judged solely by its ability to elicit strong emotions," Kirkus Reviews said about One True Thing, "columnist-cum-novelist Quindlen would win another Pulitzer."  And the same will be said about Black and Blue, a brilliant novel of suspense, substance, and importance.In Black and Blue, Fran Benedetto tells a spellbinding story: how at nineteen she fell in love with Bobby Benedetto, how their passionate marriage became a nightmare, why she stayed, and what happened on the night she finally decided to run away with her ten-year-old son and start a new life under a new name. Living in fear in Florida--yet with increasing confidence, freedom, and hope--Fran unravels the complex threads of family, identity, and desire that shape a woman's life, even as she begins to create a new one. As Fran starts to heal from the pain of the past, she almost believes she has escaped it--that Bobby Benedetto will not find her and again provoke the complex combustion between them of attraction and destruction, lust and love.Black and Blue is a beautifully written, heart-stopping story in which Anna Quindlen writes with power, wisdom, and humor about the real lives of men and women, the varieties of people and love, the bonds between mother and child, the solace of family and friendship, the inexplicable feelings between people who are passionately connected in ways they don't understand. It is a remarkable work of fiction by the writer whom Alice Hoffman has called "a national treasure."
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780375500510 (0375500510)
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 293
Edition language: English
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elisas8
elisas8 rated it
2.0 Black and Blue: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
i really loved quindlen's columns when she wrote for newsweek so perhaps i had inflated expectations for the first book of hers that i read. it was actually not bad, just not great. from the work i've done with survivors, i think she gets most of the dynamics of domestic violence, but not all of i...
Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books!
Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books! rated it
5.0 Black and Blue (AUDIO CASSETTE)
Audiobook. I have to say Lili Taylor did a fantastic job. She's most of the reason for the 5 stars. You would think that a New York/Jersey accent would be her forte but she actually does a really good southern 30ish woman and elderly Jewish woman very well too. Fran leaves an abusive marriage wi...
Nancy
Nancy rated it
2.0 Black and Blue: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
The main character was stupid from beginning to end, so it was difficult for me to muster up even a little sympathy for her tragic situation.
EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it
My wife and I listened to this on a trip to Texas and while it held our interest was just not as good as some others out there. Fran Benedetto is a battered wife. She’s an RN whose abusive husband is a cop, and she has seen to what little effect orders of protection have. In fact, three women...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
3.0
This is a very good story with subject matter that is important to consider.
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