The Kid by Sapphire

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Fifteen years after the publication of Push, one year after the Academy Award-winning film adaptation, Sapphire gives voice to Precious's son, Abdul.

In The Kid bestselling author Sapphire tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push's unforgettable heroine, Precious.

A story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother's funeral. Left alone to navigate a world in which 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 and toward an identity he can stand behind.

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 artist's lofts, The Kid tells of a twenty- first-century young man's fight to find a way toward the future. A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit and the deep nourishing power of love and of art, The Kid chronicles a young man about to take flight. In the intimate, terrifying, and deeply alive story of Abdul's journey, we are witness to an artist's birth by fire.


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SAPPHIRE is the author of two collections of poetry and the bestselling novel Push. The film adaption of her novel, Precious (2009), received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance. In 2009 she was a recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship. She lives in New York City.
Published July 5, 2011 by Penguin Books. 380 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Those hoping for more of Precious will be disappointed to learn that the novel opens with mention of her funeral, as the narrator quickly finds himself shunted from one of his mother’s friends to a foster home to a Catholic orphanage, from which he is delivered to his great-grandmother (who deliv...

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The New York Times

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“The Kid” by Sapphire traces the life of the son of Precious, the heroine of Sapphire’s novel “Push.”

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The New York Times

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Fifteen years after the heralded publication of her first novel, “Push” — the basis for the 2009 film “Precious” — Sapphire has written a new novel, “The Kid,” which traces the life of Precious’ second child, Abdul.

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The Kid is the sequel to Sapphire's 1996 novel Push, about a girl called Precious who is routinely sexually abused by both her mother and father.

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AV Club

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Wright’s novel examined racial inequality at a distinct point in time in Chicago, and offered larger social commentary on racial inequality and the barbarization of black males, but Sapphire’s second novel is a character study like her debut, this time even more focused on sexual abuse in pervers...

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Entertainment Weekly

HIDDEN GEM In the follow-up to 'Push,' Sapphire unflinchingly carries on with the same dismal tale — this time through the eyes of Precious' son Abdul

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Los Angeles Times

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The novel follows Precious' son Abdul through foster care, a Catholic boys' school where he is the victim of and then perpetrator of sexual abuse, a dance career and institutionalization.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Tyrone Beason Milwaukee Jrnl Sentinel 1.5 of 5 Stars "Sapphire's strategically placed four-year gaps allow her to move this long and often tedious novel forward, and she tries to fill those gaps in by resorting to the same crosscutting technique she used so well in Push, in which flashbacks ...

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Chicago Sun Times

In her new book, The Kid, Sapphire drops us into the hard life and streaming thoughts of Abdul Jones, son of Precious Jones, the character made famous by the author’s 1997, debut novel, Push, and subsequent film, “Precious.” In Push, Sapphire introduced us to an American family inhabiting the u...

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Persephone Magazine

The story picks up several years after the end of Push, Sapphire’s novel that would later become the basis of the movie Precious.

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Even death becomes fantastical, “My mother died in a car accident, my father died in the war.” Death haunts Abdul and ghosts from his past scare him to his core.

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