Black and Blue
For eighteen years Fran Benedetto kept her secret, hid her bruises. She stayed with Bobby because she wanted her son to have a father, and because, in spite of everything, she loved him. Then one night, when she saw the look on her ten-year-old son’s face, Fran finally made a choice—and ran for... show more
For eighteen years Fran Benedetto kept her secret, hid her bruises. She stayed with Bobby because she wanted her son to have a father, and because, in spite of everything, she loved him. Then one night, when she saw the look on her ten-year-old son’s face, Fran finally made a choice—and ran for both their lives.Now she is starting over in a city far from home, far from Bobby. In this place she uses a name that isn’t hers, watches over her son, and tries to forget. For the woman who now calls herself Beth, every day is a chance to heal, to put together the pieces of her shattered self. And every day she waits for Bobby to catch up to her. Bobby always said he would never let her go, and despite the ingenuity of her escape, Fran Benedetto is certain of one thing: It is only a matter of time.
Publish date: March 30th 2010
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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...
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...
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.
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...
This is a very good story with subject matter that is important to consider.