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Black and Blue

by Anna Quindlen

Random House Publishing Group | February 2, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound

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For eighteen years, Fran Benedetto kept her secret.  And hid her bruises.  And 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.  And in this place she uses a name that isn''t hers, and cradles her son in her arms, 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.  Because Bobby always said he would never let her go.  And despite the flawlessness of her escape, Fran Benedetto is certain of one thing: It is only a matter of time.--

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 2.71 × 1.67 × 0.42 in

Published: February 2, 1999

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440226104

ISBN - 13: 9780440226109

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Black and Blue

by Anna Quindlen

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 2.71 × 1.67 × 0.42 in

Published: February 2, 1999

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440226104

ISBN - 13: 9780440226109

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The first time my husband hit me I was nineteen years old. One sentence and I''m lost. One sentence and I can hear his voice in my head, that butterscotch-syrup voice that made goose bumps rise on my arms when I was young, that turned all of my skin warm and alive with a sibilant S, the drawling vowels, its shocking fricatives. It always sounded like a whisper, the way he talked, the intimacy of it, the way the words seemed to go into your guts, your head, your heart. "Geez, Bob," one of the guys would say, "you should have been a radio announcer. You should have done those voice-over things for commercials." It was like a genie, wafting purple and smoky from the lamp, Bobby''s voice, or perfume when you took the glass stopper out of the bottle. I remember going to court once when Bobby was a witness in a case. It was eleven, maybe twelve years ago, before Robert was born, before my collarbone was broken, and my nose, which hasn''t healed quite right because I set it myself, looking in the bathroom mirror in the middle of the night, petals of adhesive tape fringing the frame. Bobby wanted me to come to court when he was testifying because it was a famous case at the time, although one famous case succeeds another in New York City the way one pinky-gold sunset over the sludge of the Hudson River fades and blooms, brand-new each night. A fifteen-year-old boy from Brooklyn was accused of raping a Dominican nun at knifepoint and then asking her to pray for him
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For eighteen years, Fran Benedetto kept her secret.  And hid her bruises.  And 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.  And in this place she uses a name that isn''t hers, and cradles her son in her arms, 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.  Because Bobby always said he would never let her go.  And despite the flawlessness of her escape, Fran Benedetto is certain of one thing: It is only a matter of time.--

From the Jacket

For eighteen years, Fran Benedetto kept her secret. And hid her bruises. And 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. And in this place she uses a name that isn''t hers, and cradles her son in her arms, 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. Because Bobby always said he would never let her go. And despite the flawlessness of her escape, Fran Benedetto is certain of one thing: It is only a matter of time.--

About the Author

Anna Quindlen is the author of two bestselling novels, Object Lessons and One True Thing. Her New York Times column "Public & Private" won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of these columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of  a collection of her "Life in the 30''s" columns, Living Out Loud, and two children''s books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After.

From Our Editors

Why do some seemingly solid and loving marriages break up? After she runs away from her abusive husband, Fran Benedetto lives in fear of discovery, yet also with increasing confidence, freedom and hope, as she struggles to create a new life for herself and her son. Black & Blue is a stunning novel about a marriage that begins in passion and becomes violent, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen, author of Thinking Out Loud.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Bestseller

"Heartbreaking."
--Time

"Beautifully paced--keeps the reader anxiously turning the pages."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A gut-wrencher--another stunner."
--The Denver Post

"Impossible to put down--the tension is both awful and mesmerizing."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Engrossing--compassionate and tense."
--The New York Times

"Her best novel yet."
--Publishers Weekly

"Absolutely believable--Quindlen writes with power and grace."
--The Boston Globe

"A moving masterpiece."
--Lexington Herald-Leader

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