The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group's reading of Sapphire's Push. We hope they will aid your understanding of this vibrant and powerful first novel by one of America's most controversial poets.
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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Vintage Books USA -
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.
"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
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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