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Black and Blue - Anna Quindlen
Black and Blue
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The Barnes & Noble ReviewA magazine columnist once criticized Anna Quindlen for "arguing strenuously" in her New York Times Op-Ed column that "spousal abuse was bad." Well, there's nothing strenuous or argumentative about Quindlen's new novel Black and Blue. Narrated with a reserve and precision... show more
The Barnes & Noble ReviewA magazine columnist once criticized Anna Quindlen for "arguing strenuously" in her New York Times Op-Ed column that "spousal abuse was bad." Well, there's nothing strenuous or argumentative about Quindlen's new novel Black and Blue. Narrated with a reserve and precision that lets the story speak for itself, it is a compelling account of one very troubled family and stands as eloquent testimony to the devastating consequences of domestic violence.Domestic life has served as Quindlen's touchstone in much of her journalism and all of her fiction. With her third novel, the first to be published since she quit The New York Times in 1994, she has pried apart the bulwark of the family to expose one of its dirtiest little secrets. Despite the 1990s sensibility that allows us to talk openly about all kinds of subjects that were once taboo—breast cancer, incest, drunk driving—domestic abuse remains shrouded in an old-fashioned prudishness. But any reporter who has thumbed through a day's worth of complaints at a police precinct, as Quindlen no doubt has, knows that most of them are dispassionate accounts of the brutality that regularly passes between husbands and wives.The family that Quindlen sketches for us is a familiar stereotype for domestic abuse. Bobby Benedetto is a second-generation Italian cop from Brooklyn, the type who worships his mama (especially her red sauce), describes his father as "some piece of work," and peppers his remarks with casual bigotry. He's also a fanatical bodybuilder who enjoys his liquor. Fran easily fits the role of quiet, dutifulwife. She marries at 21, bears a son, works as a hospital nurse. This is just the kind of family where the husband would smack his wife around in the kitchen because she criticized one of his friends, and the wife would call in sick to work until the bruises healed. But instead of
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780307767851 (030776785X)
ASIN: B003Z9KFFS
Publisher: Delta
Pages no: 288
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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