Black and Blue: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) (Mass Market Paperback)

By: Anna Quindlen

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Black and Blue: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) (Mass Market Paperback) By Anna Quindlen : Product Details: Oprah Book Club Selection, April 1998: "The first time my husband hit me I was nineteen years old," begins Fran Benedetto, the broken heroine of Anna Quindlen's Black and Blue. With one sweeping sentence, the door to an abused and tortured world is swung wide open and the psyche of a crushed and tattered self-image exposed. "Frannie, Frannie, Fran"--as Bobby Benedetto liked to call her before smashing her into kitchen appliances--was a young, energetic nursing student when she met her husband-to-be at a local Brooklyn bar. She was instantly captivated by his dark, brooding looks and magnetic personality, but her fascination soon solidified into a marital prison sentence of incessant abuse and the destruction of her own identity. After an especially horrific beating and rape, Fran realizes that the next attack could be the last. Fearing her son would be left alone with Bobby, she escapes one morning with her child. Fran's salvation comes in the form of Patty Bancroft and Co., a relocation agency for abused women that touts better service than the witness protection program. Armed only with a phone number, a few hundred dollars, and the help of several anonymous volunteers, Fran begins a new life. The agency relocates her to Florida, where she becomes Beth Crenshaw, a recently divorced home-care assistant from Delaware. Fran and her son adapt, meeting challenges with unexpected resilience and resolve until their past returns to haunt them. 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. Product Details Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages Publisher: Dell; First Thus edition (February 2, 1999) Language: English ISBN-10: 0440226104 ISBN-13: 9780440226109 Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches

Title: Black and Blue: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club) (Mass Market Paperback)

Author Name: Anna Quindlen

Categories: Other,

Publisher: U.S.A., A Dell Book: 1999

ISBN Number: 0440226104

ISBN Number 13: 9780440226109

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Seller ID: 026941

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