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Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
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Aug 24, 2010

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I know a young woman who is going to be married in a few months and her future husband is already emotionally and verbally abusing her. Unfortunately, she doesn't recognize his behavior for what it is, but I'm sure that in the months and years to come she will. In Black and Blue, Anna Quindlen tells the story of Fran Benetto who marries Bobby at age 19 and 17 years later she runs away from her abusive marriage taking her ten year old son with her. Bobby and Fran live a seemingly perfect middle class life. He is a New York policeman and she is an emergency room nurse--ironic since her husband has broken her nose, cracked her collarbone, split her lip, and blackened her eyes over the years causing her numerous medical emergencies. In running with her son through a battered woman's "Underground Railroad", Fran becomes Beth Cranshaw living in a small duplex in Florida. This book is a wake-up call reminding all readers about the complexity and frequency of domestic violence in contemporary American society.
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message 1: by Catherine (new)

Catherine I read Black and Blue several years ago - powerful book.

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