The Kid (Paperback)
|From the bestselling author of "Push," a story of survival and awakening featuring Abdul Jones, the son of Sapphire''s unforgettable heroine, Precious. Left alone by his mother''s death, he is forced to confront violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart.|
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From the bestselling author of Push, a story of survival and awakening?and one young man's remarkable strength
The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire's unforgettable heroine, Precious. Left alone by his mother's death to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood. In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday, from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artists' lofts, The Kid is a soaring tale of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul.
Beginning with the death of his mother, Precious, Abdul Jones endures a series of horrific abuses that echo his mother's suffering, as related in Sapphire's earlier bestseller. Sexually assaulted by peers at an orphanage, then priests in school, Abdul escapes only to trek from institution walls in Mississippi back to the Harlem streets where Precious only barely survived. Written like its precursor in a furious, verbally-eccentric dialect, THE KID yet articulates a voice as wholly separate from Abdul's mother's as the two narrators are biologically different.