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Black and Blue (Oprah's Book Club) [Paperback]

Anna Quindlen
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Mar 2000 Oprah's Book Club
With daring and compassion, Anna Quindlen weaves a forceful, harrowing portrait of a woman and a marriage, capturing the profound intricacies of love and rage, passion and violence. At once heartbreaking and utterly riveting, BLACK AND BLUE is an extraordinary work of fiction and a brilliant achievement.

For eighteen years, Fran Benedetto kept her secret, hid her bruises, and stayed with Bobby because she wanted her son to have a father and because, in spite of everything, she loved him. Then one night, when she saw the look on her ten-year-old son's face, Fran finally made a choice--and ran for both their lives.

With the repackaging of BLACK AND BLUE and One True Thing, Anna Quindlen takes her place alongside Dell's Alice McDermott and Rosellen Brown bringing their beloved, acclaimed contemporary classics to a whole new audience of trade paperback readers in Delta editions.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Reprint edition (Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385333137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385333139
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,769,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

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

"Don't miss Anna Quindlen's compassionate portrayal of a violent marriage" (Marie Claire)

"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)

"Beautifully paced - keeps the reader anxiously turning the pages." (New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving and real portrait. 4 Oct 1999
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. You will get jittery with her! 27 Mar 1999
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars An ending that leaves you feeling disappointed 30 May 2001
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Book!! 6 April 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A very goood purchase 27 Sep 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 21 Dec 2012
By Sharon
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Black and Blue 18 Dec 2012
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Clearly one of Quindlen's earlier books and not as impressive as later ones, e.g. One Last Time. But very readable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Love Anna Quindlen books
I Love Anna Quindlen books, and 'enjoyed' this despite the subject matter. All the way through I hoped for a happy ending, but it was quite dark even in the end, with only a... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Nick
3.0 out of 5 stars Good depiction and a readable style.
It is reasonably accurate in its observations, confusions and feelings of these characters affected by domestic violence and it has a nice readable style that is quite focused.
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by S. Hyde
4.0 out of 5 stars heartrending
I could not put this book down. beautifully written and i went through every emotion with Fran on her journey. Read more
Published on 20 May 2011 by schoolescort
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
Another interesting story from this author, absorbing and I felt I driven to finish the story as she keeps you anxious about Fran's future and possibilities all the time
Published on 19 April 2010 by M. Pfeiffer
3.0 out of 5 stars As hard to put down as it is to pick up.
Simply put, Black and Blue is the story of a woman taking her child and running away from her abusive husband. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2009 by E. Lander
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay book, but not brilliant
This book reflects the sad reality of one of the many plagues affecting this world: domestic abuse. Whilst fully sympathising with Frannie, the main character, and abhorring the... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2007 by I LOVE BOOKS
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Tale Of Domestic Violence & Hope.
Once you pick this one up, you can't put it down. The author draws you into a deep affinity with the principle charecters. Read more
Published on 13 April 1999
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