Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
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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.

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About Anna Quindlen

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ANNA QUINDLEN is the author of three bestselling novels, Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Black and Blue. Her New York Times column “Public & Private” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992, and a selection of those 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; a book for the Library of Contemporary Thought, How Reading Changed My Life; the bestselling A Short Guide to a Happy Life; and two children’s books, The Tree That Came to Stay and Happily Ever After. She is currently a columnist for Newsweek and lives with her husband and children in New York City.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published August 25, 2010 by Delta. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure, Parenting & Relationships, Romance. Fiction

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routine, order that's what kept me there for the longest time.'' Inevitably, Bobby catches up with her and exacts a terrible revenge, but an appropriately bittersweet ending gives Fran, who'll always wonder whether she was right to flee, a new love and life.

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In Black and Blue, her third fictional effort, Quindlen evinces all the earnestness that used to mark her twice-weekly New York Times column.

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Through Fran’s work as a nurse in a local hospital, she meets a woman who helps Fran and Robert start a new life - as Beth and Robert Crenshaw - in a small neighborhood in Florida.

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Whisked by a battered women's group from New York to Florida and rechristened Beth Crenshaw, Fran must now figure out how to let go of her past injuries and current fears to construct a future for herself and her 10-year-old, who misses his dad.

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Anna Quindlen's 1998 novel Black and Blue is deceptively difficult to adapt into a film.

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