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Black and Blue

by Anna Quindlen

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

Black and Blue is rated 4.5833 out of 5 by 12.
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, 6.88 × 4.25 × 1.06 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

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it This gave me a different perspective on domestic violence. We often do not think of how lives are disrupted and the difficulties in starting over. Those of us on the outside think that you just leave and get on with your life but this novel deals with the hardships faced in giving everything up - your life's work and identity. Nevertheless leaving is a much better option than staying in an abusive relationship and risking the loss of life.
Date published: 2010-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Written. This book is well written and researched. To those women who have lived and suffered through abusive relationships, left and attempted to start over especially with a child know it is extremely difficult. This story gave insight into the life of a battered women and how she feels through the experience before and after. A Must Read for All.
Date published: 2009-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book was a "can't put down book". It was heart wrenching and made me shed tears!
Date published: 2009-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was amazing. I read it overnight... I had a really hard time attempting to put it down. It was really captivating.
Date published: 2007-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powweful If you have never been an abused woman who is running from her abuser, it will give you an idea that no one can truly leave their past behind them. You will always look over your shoulder and question everything everyone does and/or says. This is a hold on the edge of you seat to the bitter end.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I loved this book!!! I could not put it down. I went to Cuba and had to bring it with me, and I read it on the beach and loved every chapter. This book is for everyone.
Date published: 2002-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Black and Blue Black and Blue is a gut-wrenching tale of how Fran Benedetto tries to overcome her past and start a new life. For 18 years she remained in an abusive marriage for the sake of her son, but now things have changed. She enlists the help of a secret organization to help her escape, and create a new identity. Uprooting her son, to a new state she tries to build a new life, always living in fear of her husband finding her. This is an amazing story of how one woman overcame all odds and did not let her husband ruin her life.
Date published: 2000-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not her best, but engaging nonetheless While this book couldn't compare with the excellence of Quindlen's One True Thing, it does strike a similar chord throughout. The characters seem real and several times throughout the book it was easy to imagine how they must have felt running away from their lives and the hands of a brutal man - Fran's husband. The book also raises some interesting issues captured on tv magazine shows about the work and goals of the underground organizations that help abused women and their children leave their marriages. While Quindlen's main character, Fran, clearly was abused, the conduct of the underground leader was questionable at times. That is likely an element of the story that would not have been worked in lest the author not had a journalism background. Unlike other authors, Quindlen was able to make the movement from past to present seamless, though easily discernable. I was never confused at all as can happen when this technique is used. Overall, a good read, but not Quindlen's most engaging work. A little too Harlequin "romancey" at times.
Date published: 2000-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Your Spirit I read this book at a time when my life needed a sense of direction. This book didn't give me one but I realized that being single isn't bad. My life is good, I'm healthy, and I have the best family and friends a girl could ever hope for. This lady and her son gave up so much to stay safe, and it failed. I cried for them when he found them, then I put the book down. I awoke in the middle of the night with a strong urge that they wouldn't be O.K. unless I finished the book. AWESOME
Date published: 2000-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unpredictable A very strong and realistic main character. Unpredictable and it kept me reading and reading and reading! It's haunting how the character does not realize how similiar she really is to her husbands mother. I recommend it.
Date published: 2000-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best..thus far Black and Blue was an amazing book,at first i was just using for a school project. My teacher told me about it and sounded real good, and it was. I read a lot but this book gives me hope that there are some good books out there. The ending was shocking!!!!
Date published: 1999-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so well written It's been said a million times that a book was "so good I couldn't put it down." This was so true of "Black and Blue" Anna Quindlan captured suspense like I have never read. The main character was so well written that I found my self thinking about her in the middle of the day. She really got into my head. This is a heart breaking story about abuse, motherhood and picking up the pieces.
Date published: 1999-09-14

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Black and Blue

by Anna Quindlen

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.88 × 4.25 × 1.06 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

Read from the Book

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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From the Publisher

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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