Black and Blue

Black and Blue

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Black and Blue 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
sweetpeaSP More than 1 year ago
This one starts where most end. This is the study of the aftermath of Fran leaving Bobby, an abusive relationship... of her not as a victim, but as someone struggling to rebuild her life. The fact that she stayed in the marriage as long as she did is completely believable, and is evidence of the fact that smart women sometimes make wrong choices. Her struggles are realistic and both joyous and frustrating, as she discovers herself in her new-found freedom. Here's the story of why women stay in these horrible relationships, so often because of the cost of escaping. The story goes back and forth between the present and the past, to show the reader the gradual, inch by inch way the abuse begins and escalates and how her self-confidence and self-esteem are destroyed until the woman fears for her life. This is both heartbreak and triumph, and emotional without being depressing. This is more interesting than you might think. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Another book I'd like to recommend, kind of on the same wave length about a woman's spectacular triumph over abuse. This one will have you crying one minute and laughing and sighing the next....EXPLOSION IN PARIS....WONDERFUL emotional experience!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book last night and went to bed with a huge pit in my stomach. The first section of the book gives you the history of why she needs to get away and how she does it and then it goes into how she manages her new life with her son, but the ending is absolutely horrible. Yes, in some minds it could be called a reality check, but for myself and other parents, it's the unthinkable. I couldn't get this book back to the library fast enough this morning. And I couldn't hug my son enough times before leaving for work. I would not recommend this book.
1louise1 More than 1 year ago
Quindlen proves aftermath of abuse is to be dealt with. Meaningful read. A lot to think about!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I wrote my review, I went wanted to see what others had to say and I was very disappointed in those that gave this book poor ratings. Fran gives us insight into the fear of the unknown, strength to persevere and courage to do what you have to do to survive again some really difficult odd. This book really opened my eyes to not just because of the content but because of the reality. We often times want the happy ending to all stories but that's not reality either is it? We walk around day after day and refuse to acknowledge that there are evil people doing brutal things to other. Because it does not affect our 'world' it seems like a bunch of fiction. However, this is not just fiction or words on a page...this is someone reality. I would recommend this novel to women and men, whether they are in a relationship such as this one or not. Someone else's 'testimony' can save lives. I would not want something like this to happen to my siblings or relative or friends or even aquaintances and in order to help stop this type of brutality is to educate one another. Take the blinders off!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book before Oprah included it in her book club. I could not put it down. The one thing I did not like is the father got the little boy. He proved he still had control over his ex-wife.Quindlan's portrayal of the mother-son relationship hits home with me. Mothers treat their sons like kings. They put them on a pedestal.This is speaking from personal experience. My own brother has been violent with me and his wife.My mom contiues to blame everyone else but him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I started it at 3AM on the train coming home from NYC on a Saturday morning and finished it Saturday night! Anne Quindlen 'sees' LIFE-she actually notices the smallest things that are taken for granted. What a touching, moving story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book
aimlyss More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and the characters became very real - almost too real. The ending was absolutely heartbreaking. If you are very empathetic and sensitive to mother-child relationships, I would strongly suggest choosing another book. This one stayed with me for days. The ending was way too disturbing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Anna Quindlen's Black and Blue. It was fantastically written, and it was thrilling yet horrifying. I loved it because it had ordinary characters that you could relate to. I have read this book about 20 times, I recommend it to anyone I know. It is truly amazing, and Ms Quindlen is a fantastic author. Please email me with any comments you have, good or bad.
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Honestly its an amang book to read. I absolutly love it, i had to read for a book assignment in college and i must it was the best book i have ever read. Considering that im not that type of person who likes to read. One bad thing about this book is the ending, its not the typical ending of a book.
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