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Precious Based on the Novel Push (Paperback)

Author: Sapphire
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0307474844
ISBN-13: 9780307474841
Sku: 211244709
Publish Date: 10/20/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.8H x 5L x 0.5T
Pages:  192
Includes a Reading Group Guide
Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem''s casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time.
From the Publisher:
An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girls horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.
Claireece Precious Jones is an overweight, illiterate black teenager pregnant with her second child--both the result of incest by her father--and infected with the AIDS virus--also thanks to her father. This first novel by the poet and performance artist Sapphire tells the story of how Precious miraculously finds redemption and deliverance through the efforts of one of her teachers, who teaches her to read and write.


"[A] much-talked-about first novel...that manages to be disturbing, affecting and manipulative all at the same time....Precious's street-smart, angry voice...conjures up Precious's gritty, unforgiving world. Sapphire somehow finds lyricism in Precious's life, and in endowing Precious with her own generous gifts for language, she allows us entree into her heroine's state of mind....Alice Walker's ghost hovers more and more insistently over PUSH as the novel progresses, lending Precious's story a blunt ideological subtext." - Michiko Kakutani 06/14/1996

"...[A]t the heart of PUSH is a lovely faith in the word. Literacy can't protect Precious from AIDS, but it can create wonder--not just bitterness." - Lisa Kennedy 06/25/1996

"Despite its political incorrectness and its grim take on the realities of life in the inner city, PUSH is nevertheless a fascinating novel that may well find a place in the African American literary canon....Sapphire's work is sure to win as many hearts as it disturbs minds." - Jeannine DeLombard 06/23/1996

"...[S]hort, brutal and painfully affecting....The novel is a story of almost total despair which trades on the possibility of hope. Most astutely drawn is the way in which Precious both comprehends her situation and is blind to it....Precious has a depth of character, humour, perversity and an engaging mixture of sassiness and naivety." - Alex Clark 10/11/1996

"Sapphire displays a potent ability with language and even balances her intense narrative with pointed humor. The author refuses to serve as either moralizer or judge, but that unflinching quality is what makes PUSH especially challenging." - P. J. Mark 09/01/1996

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0192
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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