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."
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.
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.
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.
A stunning view of a marriage that turns violent. Beautifully written.