Black and Blue

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Wheeler Pub., 1998 - Fiction - 336 pages
22 Reviews
An ultimately uplifting tale, full of drama and the details of a personal crisis.

Oprah Book Club Choice and international bestseller.

‘The first time my husband hit me, I was nineteen years old’

For eighteen years, Fran Benedetto kept her secret. And hit 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 sae 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. But every day she waits fro him to catch up with 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’s only a matter of time.

‘The honesty of her storytelling is exemplary’ — Sunday Times

‘Relationships and family life are captured in a beautiful, intelligent way’ — Good Housekeeping

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User Review  - LeslieHurd - LibraryThing

Some reviewers felt this book was predictable and boring in parts. While it's true that I was certain throughout that the abusive husband would return to seek vengance against his wife for her escape ... Read full review

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User Review  - Betty.Ann.Beam - LibraryThing

Although I fear the subject matter has been tackled many times before, this is a well written, non judgemental novel about domestic abuse, recovery and its impact on children. Read full review


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Author Anna Quindlen was born in Philadelphia on July 8, 1953. She graduated from Barnard in 1974 and serves on their Board of Trustees. Quindlen worked as a reporter for the New York Post and the New York Times and wrote columns for the Times. She won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary before devoting herself to writing fiction. She has written both adult fiction (including Object Lessons, Black and Blue and One True Thing, which was made into a motion picture starring Meryl Streep) and children's fiction (Happily Ever After and The Tree That Came to Stay). Currently, she is a columnist at Newsweek. Her title Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake made The New York Times Best Seller list for 2012.

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