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Black and Blue
@RANDOM INTERVIEW WITH ANNA QUINDLEN
With this stunning novel about a woman and a marriage that begins
in passion and becomes violent, the Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist
and bestselling author of One True Thing and Object Lessons moves to a new dimension as a writer of superb fiction. "If literature
were judged solely by its ability to elicit strong emotions,"
Kirkus Reviews said about One True Thing, "columnist-cum-novelist Quindlen would win another Pulitzer."
And the same will be said about Black and Blue, a brilliant novel of suspense, substance, and importance.
In Black and Blue, Fran Benedetto tells a spellbinding story: how at nineteen she
fell in love with Bobby Benedetto, how their passionate marriage
became a nightmare, why she stayed, and what happened on the night
she finally decided to run away with her ten-year-old son and
start a new life under a new name. Living in fear in Florida--yet
with increasing confidence, freedom, and hope--Fran unravels the
complex threads of family, identity, and desire that shape a woman's
life, even as she begins to create a new one. As Fran starts to
heal from the pain of the past, she almost believes she has escaped
it--that Bobby Benedetto will not find her and again provoke the
complex combustion between them of attraction and destruction,
lust and love.
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. It is a remarkable work
of fiction by the writer whom Alice Hoffman has called "a national
Anna Quindlen is the author of two 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.
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