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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (3 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099271834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099271833
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anna Quindlen is the author of the bestselling novels Blessings and Rise and Shine, amongst others, and of the non-fiction titles Living Out Loud, Thinking Out Loud and A Short Guide to a Happy Life. Her New York Times column 'Public and Private' won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. She is currently a columnist for Newsweek and lives with her husband and children in New York.

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"It is rare to find a novel at once tender and taut, full of insight, yet with a darkness at its centre - and that's what makes it a gripping read" (Margaret Forster)

"Quindlen invests her tale with rare pathos and even rarer psychological acumen ... the honesty of her storytelling is exemplary" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Anna Quindlen pours heart into Black and Blue ... this novel olingers like a bruise" (She)

"Quindlen has got so deeply inside her characters that they gave me nightmares" (The Times)

"I loved it. Qualities and shades of love are this writer's strong suit, and she has the unusual talent for writing about them with so much truth and heart that one is carried away on a tidal wave of involvement and concern" (Elizabeth Jane Howard)

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A woman on the run from her own life --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the first book I have read by Anna Quindlen, recommended to me by a friend. I found it very easy to read however in no way a simple story. The portrayal of the main character's feelings and fears is spot-on and you are following her every emotion with empathy and interest. As a reader you feel you have been given a valuable insight into a very private world, normally kept behind closed doors. Very moving, almost to the point of tears. I thoroughly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar 1999
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I honestly could not put this book down. YOu start to panic with her and are desperate to know what happens at the end. The end was quite unexpected - you usually expect a good ending, which this was with a twist.
I loved it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2001
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I've read a few of Oprah's selections and I was really looking forward to reading this one. However, I did feel a bit let down, particularly by the ending. I feel that the final section could have been explored a lot more. In my opinion it ends too abruptly.
A positive aspect of this book is that it shows how difficult it is for a woman to break free of her violent husband, and the reality that even when she is free, he still has some kind of hold on her, he's constantly in her mind.
Overall I think the author tackled a difficult subject very well, the emotive prose helps us to relate to the main character Fran (Beth), who is living a nightmare. The difficulties that both her and her son, Robert, must endure in their new lifestyles in Florida, so very different to the one they led in New York, for him that he cant be with his father, and for her the fear that her husband will find them, which inevitably does happen.
Black and Blue is well written, and it does touch you, however as I mentioned above the ending was cut short, and I was left feeling a little disappointed.
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Simply put, Black and Blue is the story of a woman taking her child and running away from her abusive husband. It's not a book I would have naturally been drawn to, but I read it for my book club. It's the stuff of the talk show and many a dodgy TV Movie, so I had my doubts.

However, Black and Blue is well written. It's also harrowing as you might expect. I was particularly moved by the fears Fran has for the future of her son, who, although never a direct recipient of the abuse his mother suffered, was always there quietly in the background, unable to shut out his parents' destructive relationship. Fran sees the strong resemblance between her beloved son and the man she love/loathes and fears for his future.

Anna Quindlen writes so vividly, you feel she must have had some personal experience, if not, she's done her research well and listened to a lot of women who've been through this ordeal. I can't say I enjoyed this book, but it was as hard to put down as it was to pick up. (Although I really wouldn't want to read it again!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 1999
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This book kept me in suspense the whole time. The ending is unbelievable. You'll rush to get to the end, to find out completely different results than you had expected!! This is a Must have book.
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Item arrived well packed so it was, as expected, in mint condition. It also came sooner than excpected and that was a bonus. It was a great read. Highly recommend
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By Sharon on 21 Dec 2012
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It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I felt it was very perceptive writing and thought-provoking.
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