Black and Blue

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I borrowed this book from the neighbourhood book rental shop. Usually I’m not a risk-taker when it comes to selecting books, which means that I would usually choose books which are written by only certain authors (e.g. Jodi Picoult, John Grisham, Sophie Kinsella… you got the idea). The fact that this book is a bestseller and is listed in Oprah’s Book Club caught my attention and I decided to give it a try despite hearing the name of the author for the first time.

Black and Blue is indeed one of the best books I’ve ever read. The only other book that I’ve read which has the same impact would have been Man and Boy by Tony Parsons. I’ve also just found out that the author – Anna Quindlen, is a Pulitzer award winning journalist. No wonder …

This is an excerpt of what it’s about, taken from the Book Browse website.

In Black and Blue, Fran Benedetto tells a spellbinding story: how at nineteen she fell in love with Bobby Benedetto, how their passionate marriage became a nightmare, why she stayed, and what happened on the night she finally decided to run away with her ten-year-old son and start a new life under a new name. Living in fear in Florida–yet with increasing  confidence, freedom, and hope–Fran unravels the complex threads of family, identity, and desire that shape a woman’s life, even as she begins to create a new one. As Fran starts to heal from the pain of the past, she almost believes she has escaped it–that Bobby Benedetto will not find her and again provoke the complex combustion between them of attraction and destruction, lust and love.

Quindlen has a way of writing which touches the deepest emotions of her readers. There are some things which we know, but never embraced, and by reading this book, it really reminds us on what identity, freedom and love means and how they intertwine and shape our lives.


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