Black and Blue (Quindlen novel)

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Black and Blue
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First edition cover
Author Anna Quindlen
Country United States
Language English
Genre mystery or horror (novel)
Published August 1998 Random House
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 369 pages (first edition, hardcover)
ISBN 0-375-50051-0 (first edition, hardcover)
OCLC 37044050

Black and Blue is a 1998 novel by Anna Quindlen, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in April 1998.


For eighteen years, Fran Benedetto kept her secret. And hid her bruises. And 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. And in this place she uses a name that isn't hers, and cradles her son in her arms, 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. Because Bobby always said he would never let her go. And despite the flawlessness of her escape, Fran Benedetto is certain of one thing: It is only a matter of time...



Enough is a 2002 American drama-thriller film directed by Michael Apted. It stars Jennifer Lopez as Slim, an abused wife who learns to fight back. Enough garnered generally negative reviews from film critics, although several aspects of the film including the actor's performances were praised.

Black and Blue is a 1999 American made-for-TV movie. Based on the novel by Anna Quindlen directed by Paul Shapiro. After a woman's husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.