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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Reprint edition (Feb. 8 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385333137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385333139
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #412,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By nicole fleming on Sept. 1 2013
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I bought it because it was one of Oprah's Picks. I was good. I was not disappointed that I bought it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on Oct. 26 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is so intense and so real. No one truly understands what happens in an abusive relationship, except the one who is on the receiving end of the abuse. I could not put this book down, I was there with the character taking every slap and punch with her. This book is not for someone who is looking for the Disney Ending. If you're looking for a book that will not "pull the wool over your eyes" you've definately found it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I listened to the audio tape of this book. The reader was excellent (one of the 2 stars is for her) but this book was filled with cliches in word and plot.
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By I LOVE BOOKS TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2007
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This book reflects the sad reality of one of the many plagues affecting this world: domestic abuse. Whilst fully sympathising with Frannie, the main character, and abhorring the psycological and physical tortures she went through by the hands of her husband Bobby -including the pain reflected by their son Robert, physically untouched but emotionally damaged- I found the construction of the narrative a bit boring. There's no nicer way to say it, I just didn't think this book was a page-turner.

The issue of domestic violence, however, is dealt with realistically and I believe that some parts of this book could be of help for the many ladies out there who suffer every day.
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Before I wrote my review, I 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!
Other books I'd recommend:
Bark of the Dogwood
You Remind Me of Me
Children's Corner by McCrae
A Child Called it by Pelzer
All are great, but buy B&B first for a really great reading experience.
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By A Customer on Sept. 15 2004
Format: Paperback
Being a fan of the author for some time, I've always known that Anna Quindlen doesn't pull any punches (sorry, with reference to this title), but I had no idea she was headed where she was in BLACK AND BLUE. Riveting doesn't even begin to explain it. Folks, this is one intense book.
Also recommended: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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By A Customer on May 26 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My first thought on reading the description of this book was, "Oh, no. Here we go again. Another 'Look at me, I hurt'" type of book. "Abused woman barely escapes." That type of thing. Boy was I wrong! Anna Quindlen has given us a rare look into the life of a victim with "Black and Blue." What might have turned into a made-for-TV-movie type of book in any other author's hands turns to gold in this riveting tale or abuse, dysfunction, and psychological horror. I also initially thought that making the main character's husband a cop was, well, a bit of a cop-out (sorry). But Quindlen manages to bring even this to a new level. This is just a great book and I highly recommend it. Would also recommend another wonderful (though disturbing) book that I recently came across. "The Bark of the Dogwood" by Jackson McCrae. Equally well written and on the same level as this one.
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By A Customer on April 21 2004
Format: Paperback
The main character made so many stupid mistakes and had such severe character flaws herself, that I had to struggle a few times to sympathize with her. She admits that when she married her husband, she realized it was 'inevitable' that he would beat her -- yet she not only went ahead and married him, but she had a child, knowing this child would be exposed to the violence. When she meets a decent guy, she admits that the guy is rather dull compared to her ex-husband -- the subtext being that she misses getting beaten up?
Most horrifying to me: She muses that if her son grows up to marry a woman and then beats that woman... she will not really care. She will not sympathize with the woman, because she will never be able to see any wrong in her son. This is one sick puppy, yo. And her sickness clearly pre-dates the abusive marriage, so it's not like her husband 'twisted' her.
I resented how she seemed hostile to the very people who were helping her out of her abusive situation. They got her a new identity, moved her to another state, supported her -- she didn't even have to work unless he wanted to -- and yet she complained about how superior they must feel for helping little pathetic her -- a paranoid feeling that was only in her own head.
Make no mistake -- I'm sympathetic to any abuse victim, but this one was such an idiot it would have been hard for ME not to knock her around a little.
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