Anna Quindlen's book about domestic violence will leave you saddened, enraged and also hopeful. I stayed because I thought things would get better, or at least not worse. That book is good-realistic, emotional but not maudlin, and challenging. Black and Blue is merely an example of weak writing that reads like a made for TV movie.
Black and Blue is enormously readabl. .Like her columns, Quindlen’s novels are written with intelligence, clarity and heartrending directness. This portrait of a battered woman is intimate and illuminating and, as is true of most anything Quindlen writes, well worth the read. A gut wrenche. nother stunner.
In Anna Quindlen’s novel Black and Blue, Fran Benedetto explains, In the beginning I loved . And then after a while I loved the idea of him, the good Bobby, who came to me every once in a while and rubbed my back and kissed my fingers. And I loved our life, the long stretches of tedium and small pleasures. 17. Despite the serious subjects explored in Black and Blue, Quindlen describes plenty of scenes that evoke happiness. These include Fran and Bobby enjoying Robert’s First Communion, Fran and Robert making a collage of sports figures on his closet door, Fran and Mike giving each other the same jacket for Christmas, and Cindy giving birth to healthy twins after losing her own twin sister in childhood.
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Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen. About the Author: ANNA QUINDLEN is the author of two best selling novels, Object Lessons and One True Thing. Her New York Times column "Public & Private" won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of these columns was published as Thinking Out Loud. She is also the author of a collection of her "Life in the 30's" columns, Living Out Loud, and two children's books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. Jacket design: Jamie Keenan. Random house new york.
Black and Blue is a beautifully written, heart-stopping story in which Anna Quindlen writes with power, wisdom, and humor about the real lives of men and women, the varieties of people and love, the bonds between mother and child, the solace of family and friendship, the inexplicable feelings between people who are passionately connected in ways they don't understand. Perhaps Quindlen intended to use Black and Blue as a way to dramatize the gravity of domestic violence; unfortunately, the novel is nowhere near as convincing as the news reports all of us have seen on television. But it does keep the reader anxiously turning pages.
Black and Blue" is a 1998 novel by Anna Quindlen, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in April 1998. In this novel the main character, Fran Bennetto, suffers through the domestic abuse of her husband and local police officer, Bobby Benetto. It is a remarkable work of fiction by the writer whom Alice Hoffman has called "a national treasure.