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Oct 20, 2009
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Jun 03, 2008
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Jun 22, 2021 | ISBN 9780593466759
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Jun 03, 2008 | ISBN 9780739376225
A new 25th anniversary edition of the instant classic that inspired the major motion picture and Sundance Film Festival winner Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, whose power and ferocity influenced a generation of writers.Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem’s casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time.
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.
Sapphire is the author of American Dreams, a collection of poetry that 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’s Stephen Crane award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of… More about Sapphire
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