Search - Black and Blue

Black and Blue
Black and Blue
Author: Anna Quindlen
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--...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375500510
ISBN-10: 0375500510
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 293
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 184

3.8 stars, based on 184 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Reviews: Member | Amazon | Write a Review

Top Member Book Reviews

reviewed Black and Blue on + 111 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 30
I read this book a while ago, and it's worth a read. Fran escapes from her abusive husband by using an underground network that helps abused women "disappear". She brings along her son, so that he will no longer be exposed to the violence her husband unleashes on her. She sets up a new life, but always in fear that her husband may find her. A heartbreaking account of what abuse does to a woman and her household. I'd give it more stars, except the ending really wasn't as good as the rest of the book. I didn't expect a "happily ever after" finish, and it had a bit of a twist, but it just seemed flat when compared to the rest of the novel.
reviewed Black and Blue on + 85 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
This was an excellent book. It is a novel about an abused woman escaping via the underground with her son. It goes through her thoughts about leaving and about why she stayed as long as she did. You experience along with her what it would be like to pick up and leave everything you knew, including your identity, behind.
reviewed Black and Blue on + 42 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I really got into this story. There are multiple reasons why a person stays in an abusive relationship and just as many why they leave. The book was thought-provoking and brought back my own memories of a similar situation. I carried these characters in my head for quite awhile after finishing the book. One quote stays with me always: "Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They're its finest fruits."
reviewed Black and Blue on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Absorbing story of a woman who decides to take back her life, for the sake of her child. Highly recommend!
reviewed Black and Blue on + 381 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Quindlen renders the intricacies of spousal abuse with eerie accuracy, taking the reader deep within the realm of dysfunctional human ties. However, her vivid descriptions of abuse, emotional disintegration, and acute loneliness at times numb the reader with their realism.
Read All 171 Book Reviews of "Black and Blue"

Please Log in to Rate these Book Reviews

reviewed Black and Blue on + 353 more book reviews
great writing, thought provoking, would love a sequal. the strength inside of us to do what we have to do, where does it come from. I like to think from God.
reviewed Black and Blue on + 22 more book reviews
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. Now living in FEAR in Florida. She know's he'll come and find her its just a matter of time. Does he find her or not? Here is where you come in. This is a non forgetting story of one battered woman. ***** stars for this reader.
reviewed Black and Blue on + 20 more book reviews
This is an incredible story about the tragedy of domestic violence. Anna Quindlen's characters are very realistic and even though some strong females might find the main character a bit over the top, I thought she was a spot on portrait of a woman who is living in fear for her life from her husband. This, like most of Quindlen's novels, is a must read.


Genres: