Black and Blue

Black and Blue

A Novel

Book - 1998
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With this stunning novel about a woman and a marriage that begins in passion and becomes violent, the Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist and bestselling author of One True Thing and Object Lessons moves to a new dimension as a writer of superb fiction. "If literature were judged solely by its ability to elicit strong emotions," Kirkus Reviews said about One True Thing, "columnist-cum-novelist Quindlen would win another Pulitzer." And the same will be said about Black and Blue, a brilliant novel of suspense, substance, and importance. In Black and Blue, Fran Benedetto tells a spellbinding story: how at nineteen she fell in love with Bobby Benedetto, how their passionate marriage became a nightmare, why she stayed, and what happened on the night she finally decided to run away with her ten-year-old son and start a new life under a new name. Living in fear in Florida--yet with increasing confidence, freedom, and hope--Fran unravels the complex threads of family, identity, and desire that shape a woman's life, even as she begins to create a new one. As Fran starts to heal from the pain of the past, she almost believes she has escaped it--that Bobby Benedetto will not find her and again provoke the complex combustion between them of attraction and destruction, lust and love. Black and Blue is a beautifully written, heart-stopping story in which Anna Quindlen writes with power, wisdom, and humor about the real lives of men and women, the varieties of people and love, the bonds between mother and child, the solace of family and friendship, the inexplicable feelings between people who are passionately connected in ways they don't understand. It is a remarkable work of fiction by the writer whom Alice Hoffman has called "a national treasure."
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1998
ISBN: 9780679435396
0679435395
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 25 cm

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CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

Fran fell in love at nineteen. Her marriage was passionate, in both good ways and bad. When her dream life becomes a nightmare, she has to start over.

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dtaneeta
May 03, 2013

This is a powerful, evocative book, with strong characters and a thorough background. But UGH! That ending!

jdaigle3 Nov 26, 2012

An engrossing read! I couldn't seem to put it down despite the lack of surprises in the plot and I rooted for Fran/Beth and her son Robert the whole way through.

Fair warning though: it is a fairly graphic protrayal of spousal abuse and the many reasons why abused spouses do not or cannot leave their abuser.

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nic03red
Nov 21, 2010

I liked the book, but I didn't like the ending. I guess it makes it more realistic, but it wasn't how I wanted it to end.

dntblnk Aug 07, 2009

loved the book hated the ending.
Where is the justice? But these things happen in real life, just wish they did not.

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Sarahkuy
Jun 24, 2006

From what I have read so far, this is a very powerful book. Also very hard to read, given the subject manner, so I am having a hard time wanting to pick it up. I have to be in a certain mood to read it; I am not reading it at the gym or beach!

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dtaneeta
May 03, 2013

Coarse Language: Not frequent, but sprinkled liberally throughout the text.

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dtaneeta
May 03, 2013

Violence: Domestic violence.

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dtaneeta
May 03, 2013

Sexual Content: Not graphic, but fairly descriptive.

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dtaneeta
May 03, 2013

dtaneeta thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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