Black and Blue: A Novel (Paperback)

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For eighteen years Fran Benedetto kept her secret, hid her bruises. She 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.
Now she is starting over in a city far from home, far from Bobby. In this place she uses a name that isn’t hers, watches over her son, and tries to forget. For the woman who now calls herself Beth, every day is a chance to heal, to put together the pieces of her shattered self. And every day she waits for Bobby to catch up to her. Bobby always said he would never let her go, and despite the ingenuity of her escape, Fran Benedetto is certain of one thing: It is only a matter of time.

About the Author

ANNA QUINDLEN is the author of two other bestselling 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. She lives in New York City.

Praise For…

“Intimate and illuminating and, as is true of most anything Quindlen writes, well worth the read.”—People


"Beautifully paced—keeps the reader anxiously turning the pages." —New York Times Book Review

"A gut-wrencher—another stunner."—Denver Post

"Impossible to put down—the tension is both awful and mesmerizing."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Engrossing—compassionate and tense."—New York Times

"Her best novel yet." —Publishers Weekly

"Absolutely believable—Quindlen writes with power and grace."—Boston Globe

"A moving masterpiece." —Lexington Herald-Leader

A selection of the Literary Guild and Oprah's Book Club

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812980493
ISBN-10: 0812980492
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 30th, 2010
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Random House Reader's Circle