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ISBN13: 9780679766759
ISBN10: 0679766758
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Staff Pick

Sapphire pulls no punches with her story of Precious Jones, an illiterate, inner-city 16-year-old who is yet again pregnant with her father's child. Through her eyes, life is indeed precious — even riven as hers is. Raw, angry, bleak, and disturbing, this story is, surprisingly, too beautiful to dismiss. Push through the unbearable, and you will find grace.
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Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire,directed by Lee Daniels and written by Damien Paul

Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

Relentless, remorseless, and inspirational, this "horrific, hope-filled story" (Newsday) is certain to haunt a generation of readers. Precious Jones, 16 years old and pregnant by her father with her second child, meets a determined and highly radical teacher who takes her on a journey of transformation and redemption.

Synopsis:

"Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," directed by Lee Daniels and written

by Damien Paul

GRAND JURY PRIZE and AUDIENCE AWARD winner at the 2009 Sundance Film

Festival

Relentless, remorseless, and inspirational, this "horrific, hope-filled story" (Newsday) is certain to haunt a generation of readers. Precious Jones, 16 years old and pregnant by her father with her second child, meets a determined and highly radical teacher who takes her on a journey of transformation and redemption.

About the Author

Sapphire is the author of American Dreams, a collection of poetry which was cited by Publishers Weekly as, "One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties." Push, her novel, won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award, and, in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Push was named by the Village Voice and Time Out New York as one of the top ten books of 1996. Push was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction. About her most recent book of poetry Poet's and Writer's Magazine wrote, "With her soul on the line in each verse, her latest collection, Black Wings and Blind Angels, retains Sapphire's incendiary power to win hearts and singe minds."

Sapphire's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Black Scholar, Spin, and Bomb. In February of 2007 Arizona State University presented PUSHing Boundaries, PUSHing Art: A Symposium on the Works of Sapphire. Sapphire's work has been translated into eleven languages and has been adapted for stage in the United States and Europe. Precious, the film adaption of her novel, recently won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards in the U.S. dramatic competition at Sundance (2009).

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ltobin, July 24, 2010 (view all comments by ltobin)
For most who pick up Push, they know what they are getting themselves into. It is a hard book about horrifically taboo topics and circumstances I feel most Americans refuse to acknowledge even exist. For those who have no idea what the book entails, I am sure that when they finish the first paragraph, they have tears in their eyes and a resolve to finish the book no matter how disturbing the content it. I honestly could not put the book down, as I knew if I did, I would never pick it up again. As heartbreaking as Precious's story is, the real heartbreak would not be permitting yourself to read it.
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glg39, January 30, 2010 (view all comments by glg39)
This novel will stick with you for a long, long, time. At first you will ask yourself, "How can she possibly be like this?" And then, as you learn the answer to that question, you'll probably wish you'd never found out. But as you continue, you'll see that there is humanity in even the most inhumane situations.
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sweetmnm, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by sweetmnm)
excellent!
Eye opening, but a little too much at times. I had to take a break and walk away.
Empowering.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679766759
Author:
Sapphire
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Literacy
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
Incest
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Pregnant schoolgirls
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Incest -- Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Afro-American girls -- Fiction.
Subject:
Harlem
Subject:
African American girls
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
African American - Contemporary Women
Subject:
African American - Urban Life
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
19970431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.04x5.23x.52 in. .39 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Sapphire pulls no punches with her story of Precious Jones, an illiterate, inner-city 16-year-old who is yet again pregnant with her father's child. Through her eyes, life is indeed precious — even riven as hers is. Raw, angry, bleak, and disturbing, this story is, surprisingly, too beautiful to dismiss. Push through the unbearable, and you will find grace.

"Synopsis" by , "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," directed by Lee Daniels and written

by Damien Paul

GRAND JURY PRIZE and AUDIENCE AWARD winner at the 2009 Sundance Film

Festival

Relentless, remorseless, and inspirational, this "horrific, hope-filled story" (Newsday) is certain to haunt a generation of readers. Precious Jones, 16 years old and pregnant by her father with her second child, meets a determined and highly radical teacher who takes her on a journey of transformation and redemption.

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