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ISBN13: 9781594203046
ISBN10: 1594203040
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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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"Fifteen years and an Oscar-nominated movie adaptation have passed by since Push, and, with Precious long dead, Sapphire unfurls the story of her son, Jamal Abdul Louis Jones. Orphan Jamal winds up at a foster home where he's mocked and beaten to the point of having to be hospitalized. Fast forward, and Abdul, going by the name J.J., is at the St. Ailanthus School for boys, where he's sexually abused by priests and in turn sexually abuses a couple of boys at the school. When J.J. is thrown out of the school, he struggles to handle his own conflicting desires and the rigors of getting by in a tough world by himself, often with very little comprehension of consequences. J.J. is a great creation, if a sometimes frustrating one: Sapphire excels at getting readers into the head of a frightened, enraged, and frustrated wild child, but that isn't always the best vantage point from which to watch this heartbreaking story unfold. This is a sobering and unflinching study of the legacy of abuse, and while the narration can leave readers more puzzled than piqued, it's a harrowing story. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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.

About the Author

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.

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ElizabethCG, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by ElizabethCG)
I respect the fact that this is a hard book for many (most?) people to read, but it does not deserve such a low rating. Sapphire is clearly an amazing writer who is able to channel many different voices and different stories. These stories and voices will haunt you and challenge you. And, I'm not going to lie, there is no ultimate "pay-off" from reading this book and there is no feeling of completion (at least, there wasn't any for me). But it will make you think and, hopefully, change you with its power. And I challenge anyone to come up with ten other works/authors capable of writing stuff that most people would be loathe to think (e.g. Abdul's thoughts). This novel is horrific and amazing and I appreciate Sapphire's ability and willingness to write this way.
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05fillyinwa, August 28, 2011 (view all comments by 05fillyinwa)
My friend and I bought this book, we both read it and both came to the same conclusion. It was a slight disappointment. It was extremely difficult to read due to Abduls scattered thoughts, or the way the author "made" him think. He was all over the page, random thoughts and feelings. I understand the fact that he is a troubled and abused kid, being tossed around the system, abused etc. It was still one of the most difficult works I have read to date. I own a poetry book written by Sapphire, while the content is intense; the material is easy to read. I did read Push and I was able to finish it, despite the subject matter. The fact that Abdul loves to dance should have been his ticket to sanity or a somewhat normal life. Sadly, the book takes a final, dark twist at the end. It left my friend and myself wondering "What just happened here?"
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594203046
Author:
Sapphire
Publisher:
Penguin Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.25 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Fifteen years and an Oscar-nominated movie adaptation have passed by since Push, and, with Precious long dead, Sapphire unfurls the story of her son, Jamal Abdul Louis Jones. Orphan Jamal winds up at a foster home where he's mocked and beaten to the point of having to be hospitalized. Fast forward, and Abdul, going by the name J.J., is at the St. Ailanthus School for boys, where he's sexually abused by priests and in turn sexually abuses a couple of boys at the school. When J.J. is thrown out of the school, he struggles to handle his own conflicting desires and the rigors of getting by in a tough world by himself, often with very little comprehension of consequences. J.J. is a great creation, if a sometimes frustrating one: Sapphire excels at getting readers into the head of a frightened, enraged, and frustrated wild child, but that isn't always the best vantage point from which to watch this heartbreaking story unfold. This is a sobering and unflinching study of the legacy of abuse, and while the narration can leave readers more puzzled than piqued, it's a harrowing story. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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