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Push

Format:  Paperback,

192 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: May 1997

ISBN-13: 9780679766759

ISBN-10: 0679766758

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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.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: May 1997
ISBN-13: 9780679766759
ISBN-10: 0679766758
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.5 x 0.75

About the author

Biography of Sapphire

Sapphire was born Ramona Lofton in Fort Ord, California on August 4, 1950. She attended City College of New York and received her master's degree at Brooklyn College. Before starting her writing career, she worked as a performance artist and a teacher of reading and writing. Her works include the poetry collection American Dreams and the novel Push, which 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 the Mind Book of the Year Award in Great Britain.

Precious, the film adaption of her novel Push, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards in the U.S. dramatic competition at Sundance (2009). Her 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 2009, she was the recipient of a Fellow Award in Literature from United States Artists.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (1996-06-01)

Performance poet Sapphire unflinchingly probes the consciousness of an all-too-real teenager from a severely abusive household. Push opens to find Preciousfat, unloved, illiterate, deeply confused, routinely raped by her father, and physically and emotionally molested by her mother enduring her second incestuous pregnancy. Crawling from self-hatred and violent loneliness to determination and, occasionally, hope, Precious enters a pre-GED program, learns to read, bears her second child, and breaks from her parents, all under the inspiration of Blue Rain, her steadfastly encouraging and apparently tireless new teacher.

Precious's name loses its irony but soon takes on a dark new meaning as she learns the extent of her father's abuse. Written as an internal monolog and journal entries by Precious, with her rudimentary spelling skills and abrupt transitions, Push is compelling, graphic, and occasionally facile but disturbing and not soon forgotten. Recommended.

[Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/96.] - Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Black Caucus of the America Library Association Award, 1997 (United States)

Book description

"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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5★ by 64reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5★ by Book A really sad story but it's lost in the grammar. Get the book on tape maybe that will help. I found it extremely difficult to read 07/01/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Great Read This is a good book. The language took some getting used to at first, but I can't wait to see the movie! 08/05/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by wonderful story The book was amazing! It really opened the door to the life of physical and verbal abuse. It was a lot more graphic from the movie but just as powerful! 01/01/2010
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