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Growing up and maturing as a young lady and raised into the exquisite author she remains today, Anna Quindlen voices her opinion in her works. As a teenager, the road to success appeared bumpy when Quindlen attempted suicide twice. She wanted to get away from her life and pass on to a peaceful place. Her suicide undertakes wrought a new, positive attitude for Quindlen entering education and her new careers ("Anna"). Entering college Quindlen decided to take care of her ill mother. Ought to furlough from school for awhile and reside in taking care of her mother, she spent months by her mother's side, "learn[ing] the ugly truths about death from cancer" ("Anna"). Quindlen
refuses to let people walk all over her, unlike Fran in her novel Black and Blue, and instead Quindlen takes action writing on abortion and childcare ("Anna" 480). In Black and Blue, Bobby abuses Fran and takes advantage of her, with his voice "like a confessor, like a seducer" persuading Frannie to believe situations far from the truth (Quindlen, Black 3). Disagreeing with controversial topics, Quindlen displays her belief in the power of equal liberty and fair treatment to women by writing about it. All the troubles Quindlen faced growing up, put her in circumstances that instigate topics she chooses to write on ("Anna" 480). Struggles and fights Anna Quindlen overcame throughout her life and the ideas and opinions learned as a child influenced her works.
A tragic event struck Quindlen when her mother passed away with ovarian cancer and influenced her whole world.
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Each child Quindlen gave birth to delayed her career in tidbits and affected her writing habits. Preferring the choice of displaying qualities of a surpassing parent, Quindlen never wants her career to block out her family, and in her novels the mothers usually reside close to their kids. Quindlen agreed to take an opportunity to write from the house for newspaper companies ("Anna" 479). Her offspring stayed top priority, so Quindlen tried to quit journalism after each baby, but newspaper companies convinced her not to. When she had her second child, Quindlen wanted to start a family and write a novel, but the Times editor let her write work from home, so the house surroundings induced her dissertations. Quindlen's thoughts soon paid off when she began writing
novels and earning money for them. Journalism appeared a successful career for the time being, but Quindlen yearned for more ("Anna"). In 1988, Quindlen gave birth to a daughter, left journalism, and began writing more novels, but soon returned because of her passion ("Anna" 479). But even after Quindlen returned, her children stayed at the top of her list and affected her novels. In Black and Blue, Beth takes care of her son Robert and protects him like an angel would, until Bobby takes him and runs away. Beth remains somber remembering ever leaving Robert alone but remarks that "your children make it impossible to regret your past" (Quindlen, Black 369). Quindlen's three children raised important ideas in her books that multitudinous readers appraise.
Growing up and maturing, living through the death of her mother, and raising three babies encouraged Anna Quindlen with her works. The impact of her mother's death hurt the most, and today people undergo analogous situations. Suicide attempts and various criminal acts occur sometimes because of a loved one's death. Devastating stories travel throughout the world, fiction or nonfiction, in times of melancholy people trying to find their inner self. Writers much like Quindlen, express thoughts and feelings on their lives in their work. Everyday people journey into new lives and start chapters over that will never be forgotten. The light in the tunnel remains open, a person passing through every minute, forgetting their loved ones and segments of their life, and moving on, embarking with a new life.
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