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, ...
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.
Excellent! Book in good condition! Good Reading, mild language.
Apr 29, 2010
Profound & Moving
Profound and moving are the least that can be said for this book. It was also shocking and horrifying. The author had to have endured some of the things she wrote about to be able to write about them so vividly. All human beings need to read this book. It is mind bending that people could treat each other this way. Even though the ending was not happy I still recommend everyone read this book.
Apr 22, 2010
Push is a searing, honest and courageous look at the conditions many young girls suffer. Some, like Precious Jones, are able to make it out of their private hell by tapping into their inner strength and by utilizing the hands held out by teachers and social workers.
Mar 8, 2010
Push is the story of a teenage girl, named Precious, trapped in a world of physical, emotional and sexual abuse which is further complicated by the ramifications of poverty. Her life is dominated by the rules of "do not tell," do not be seen/noticed" and "do not trust/let anyone close to you."
Despite all of the obstacles that Precious must face, so many that it defies the most rational mind, she begins to flourish through the help of a caring teacher, social worker and friends.
Push is a powerful and moving story that reminds us of our resilient power and the triumph of the human spirit.
Dec 24, 2009
After seeing the movie, I wanted to read the book. The book answered many of the questions left out of the movie. This is a heart wrenching story that should be read by everyone involved in the social services field.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-04-22 With this much anticipated first novel, told from the point of view of an illiterate, brutalized Harlem teenager, Sapphire (American Dreams), a writer affiliated with the Nuyorican poets, charts the psychic damage of the most ghettoized of inner-city inhabitants. Obese, dark-skinned, HIV-positive, bullied by her sexually abusive mother, Clareece, Precious Jones is, at the novel's outset, pregnant for the second time with her father's child. (Precious had her first daughter at 12, named Little Mongo, "short for Mongoloid Down Sinder, which is what she is; sometimes what I feel I is. I feel so stupid sometimes. So ugly, worth nuffin.") Referred to a pilot program by an unusually solicitous principal, Precious comes under the experimental pedagogy of a lesbian miracle worker named, implausibly enough, Blue Rain. Under her angelic mentorship, Precious, who has never before experienced real nurturing, learns to voice her long suppressed feelings in a journal. As her language skills improve, she finds sustenance in writing poetry, in friendships and in support groups-one for "insect" survivors and one for HIV-positive teens. It is here that Sapphire falters, as her slim and harrowing novel, with its references to Harriet Tubman, Langston Hughes and The Color Purple (a parallel the author hints at again and again), becomes a conventional, albeit dark and unresolved, allegory about redemption. The ending, composed of excerpts from the journals of Precious's classmates, lends heightened realism and a wider scope to the narrative, but also gives it a quality of incompleteness. Sapphire has created a remarkable heroine in Precious, whose first-person street talk is by turns blisteringly savvy, rawly lyrical, hilariously pig-headed and wrenchingly vulnerable. Yet that voice begs to be heard in a larger novel of more depth and complexity. 150,000 first printing; first serial to the New Yorker; audio rights to Random; foreign rights sold to England, France, Germany, Holland, Portugal and Brazil. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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