Push by Sapphire
A Novel

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An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's 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.
 

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This is Sapphire's first novel. She was born in 1950 and grew up on army bases in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas. She was graduated from City College in New York, received an MFA from Brooklyn College, and taught reading and writing to teenagers and adults in Harlem and the Bronx for eight years. Sapphire is a performance poet and the author of American Dreams. She lives in New York City.
 
Published February 5, 1998 by Vintage. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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teachers find her ``uncooperative,'' and she considers her last a ``retarded hoe.'' Finally, Precious enrolls in a Harlem alternative school where she begins the tough climb out of illiteracy.

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Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire Production year: 2009 Country: USA Cert (UK): 15 Runtime: 109 mins Directors: Lee Daniels Cast: Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Gabourey Sidibe, Lenny Kravitz, ...

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Sapphire has created a remarkable heroine in Precious, whose first-person street talk is by turns blisteringly savvy, rawly lyrical, hilariously pig-headed and wrenchingly vulnerable.

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Written in 1996 with the title Push and released as the movie Precious in 2009 with finacial backers like Oprah and awards like Sundance Grand Jury Prize, some 12 years later, it is rocking the movie world with its true grit.

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Push the novel is pure poetry crafted by Sapphire about a girl who never gets the guy, instead she gets HIV and two babies, one with Down’s syndrome, from her father.

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Examiner

So impoverished in language, Precious is incapable of manipulation, and given that she spends so much of the novel in states of confusion and trepidation, reluctance, or pure exaltation, her sincerity permeates the prose, and as her grasp on language strengthens, so too does her conviction toward...

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Entertainment Weekly

Precious captures how a lost girl rouses herself from the dead, and Daniels shows unflinching courage as a filmmaker by going this deep into the pathologies that may still linger in the closets of some impoverished inner-city lives.

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The Washington Post

(The same can be said for Mo'Nique's Mary, who in many ways embodies all-too-familiar stereotypes of welfare queens and the pathology of poverty.) That "Precious" dodges these toxic assumptions, even while coming perilously close to perpetuating them, is a testament not only to the sensitivity an...

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Christian Science Monitor

Sixteen-year-old Precious – illiterate, overweight, and pregnant again – is a study in quiet courage despite her nightmarish family life.

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Suite 101

Toni Morrison's Home depicts the life of a black man and his sister in the 1950s, unpeeling layers of trauma and discrimination.

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Common Sense Media

All in all i give the movie 5 stars I truly enjoyed this movie...

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Common Sense Media

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE, follows Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) -- a pregnant, 16-year-old, overweight teen in 1987 Harlem who's longing for a way out of her gritty, anguished life.

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Boston.com

In “Precious,’’ Claireece Precious Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) usually comes home from school and prepares dinner for her mother, Mary (Mo’Nique), in their Harlem apartment.

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NJ.com

Stephen Whitty's rating: TWO AND A HALF STARS> Ratings note: The film contains graphic scenes of child abuse, rape, violence, substance abuse and strong language.

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Daily Kos

Let me give you the facts of life here - for one - Boston or Detroit are, for easy examples, one hell of a lot more segregated than Atlanta or Columbia or Memphis or wherever - always have been - that's not to say all Bostonians are racist - that's just to say that racism is not a characteristic ...

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Time Out New York

It’s a film full of life and love, well-meaning and, judging by the reaction in the US, a genuine and important phenomenon that says act – don’t dwell – on your dreams.

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New York Magazine

The heroine and narrator of the novel Push by Sapphire (born Ramona Lofton), now a much-hyped film called Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, is the embodiment of everything—I mean, everything—American society values least and victimizes most.

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Slant Magazine

"They talk like TV channels I don't watch," says Precious (Gabby Sidibe)—during a game of Scrabble—about the angelic Each One Teach One instructor (Paula Patton) who takes the 16-year-old Harlem girl into her home after one too many beatings from her mother Mary (Mo'Nique).

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