Monday, June 25, 2012

Book It - Black And Blue

This week’s featured book:

Black And Blue
Author: Anna Quindlen


For eighteen years Fran Benedetto kept her secret, hid her bruises. She stayed with Bobby because she wanted her son to have a father, and because, in spite of everything, she loved him. Then one night, when she saw the look on her ten-year-old son’s face, Fran finally made a choice—and ran for both their lives.

Now she is starting over in a city far from home, far from Bobby. In this place she uses a name that isn’t hers, watches over her son, and tries to forget. For the woman who now calls herself Beth, every day is a chance to heal, to put together the pieces of her shattered self. And every day she waits for Bobby to catch up to her. Bobby always said he would never let her go, and despite the ingenuity of her escape, Fran Benedetto is certain of one thing: It is only a matter of time.

My Comments:

This story is the most anxiety-inducing one I’ve picked up in a long time. You will be stunned by the physical and mental abuse that Fran Benedetto has endured for almost two decades. The emotional breakdown that it causes her, the acute loneliness she experiences and the stripping of her dignity and self respect will have you reaching for that tissue. This story gives insight into the life of a battered woman and all the emotional and psychological disturbances it gives rise to. Not for the faint of heart.


  1. I read the true life book life with left me sick.

  2. I wonder how women put up with that in this day and age. I mean we have cops, social services, women's shelters, abuse hotlines, plus a society that spotlights these stories regularly. What prevents someone from leaving? I truly don't get it, and I guess I'm lucky I've never been abused, but I think the abuser is luckier he's never met ME. I mean, he has to sleep at night, right?

    1. I think it's quite complicated. Some women in these situations are broken - their self esteem is shot, they are psychologically beaten down, etc. And they live in fear. Some are threatened, and even with all the services available, there are cases where they are hurt and even killed after they seek protection. There are many factors involved, and I figure their stories are much more complicated. But yes, no one should stay in a situation like that. No one.