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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (34,585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Quindlen Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Writing with the depth and insight that have become her signature, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anna Quindlen explores a passionate marriage that turns into a nightmare. This Oprah’s Book Club selection, destined to become as successful a best-seller as One True Thing, secures her reputation as a significant author of fiction. When 19-year-old Fran married Bobby Benedetto, she never dreamed that she would find herself in an abusive relationship. Every time her New York City policeman husband hit her, she would think of convincing reasons to stay. Now, with her 10-year-old son in tow, she is running for her life. Living in Florida under an assumed name, she is bravely shaping a new life and dares to believe that, finally, she has escaped from her painful past. Black and Blue is a wise and powerful novel whose protagonists could be the people next door. Ruth Ann Phimister’s narrative talent beautifully underscores a suspenseful and very important exploration of the complexity of personal relationships. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Engrossing—compassionate and tense.” 

    New York Times

  • “Beautifully paced…keeps the reader anxiously turning the pages.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Absolutely believable—Quindlen writes with power and grace.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “Her best novel yet.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 1998

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lindsay | 2/18/2014

    " Beautifully written. A story of a woman on the run from domestic violence. Unpacks how love and fury can be so closely related, and investigates why it's so hard for some women to leave abusive relationships. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Arlene Richards | 2/13/2014

    " A story of a battered woman who,fearing for her life, escapes from her cop husband with her son through a network of people who create a new identity for her and her son. Apparently this network is more successful than the Witness Protection Agency. I did not find this book engrossing or even interesting at times - too full of nostalgia and conjecture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shawna | 2/1/2014

    " Awesome book. Kept me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karen Mcgloughlin | 1/25/2014

    " Definitely a good weekend read. Lots of twists and turns keep you guessing. "

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