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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
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 183 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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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."
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Helpful Score: 4
Anna Quindlen kills me with her power over words. This was the first novel I'd read by her and the sentences still hang thick in my mind. Like most of Quindlen's book, this isn't a happy tale with happy people, but it captures the inner strength that we all have but hope to never need. Years after reading it, I still find myself wondering what happened after the last page.
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Helpful Score: 3
Classic portrait of a memoir written in the novel format. Quindlen's upbringing is brought out in this fast paced novel. This is a must read for Quinglan fans.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was really gripping! You really feel close to this abused woman and her young son, right up to the end and even after.
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Helpful Score: 2
A stunning view of a marriage that turns violent. Beautifully written.
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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.
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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.
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I liked the story, but was very disappointed with the ending.


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