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Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
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Feb 20, 08

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Read in January, 2008

If you don't like wife beater books, then this one's not for you. Fran Benedetto begins her first person narrative while sitting on a bench waiting for further instructions from a woman who's helping her run away from her alcoholic and wildly abusive husband (with their 10-year-old-son in tow). The book follows her as she begins her new life, which in my opinion is much better than reading about her getting beaten all the time wondering why she won't leave. Good insight into the horrifying and all-too-common abusive home but her constant fear at being discovered by her estranged husband gave me ulcers. And the ending had me so frustrated I wanted to tear my hair out. But good overall.
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