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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (25 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241145295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241145296
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sapphire was born in 1950 and spent her first twelve years on army bases in California and Texas. As a teenager she lived in South Philadelphia and Los Angeles. She graduated from City College in New York and received an MFA from Brooklyn College. From 1983 to 1993 she lived in Harlem, where she taught reading and writing to teenagers and adults. She lives in New York City.

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Painstakingly beautiful (Scotland on Sunday)

Sapphire is not your average writer. Brave, bold and uncompromising . . . The novel keeps you on tenterhooks (Bernardine Evaristo Observer)

Harrowing . . . Masterfully narrated . . . Powerful (Diva)

Stunning . . . Exhilarating (Independent)

Prepare to be harrowed; I was sobbing by the end of the first chapter . . . [Sapphire] writes with a burning anger that gives this novel an explosive power (The Times)

A consummate work of art, style and brains, shining at times with the possibility for hope and joy . . . More accomplished than [Push] and a thousand times more frightening (List)

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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W Burnett on 21 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
I was vaguely aware of the film Precious when it was released, the trailers and the posters, but it wasn't until I read a review of 'The Kid' in the Guardian in September 2011 that I became aware of the author Sapphire and book 'Push'. As a result, I bought Push and read it over a couple of days and then about a fortnight later I got around to buying this book and reading it over the course of a week.
I enjoyed Push and felt a deep warmth to the central character. I was eager to start on The Kid to resume those feelings and find out more about what came of Precious and also her children.
In hindsight I should have not expected one book to lead into another with the same style of writing and the same emotions. Push was published in 1996 and The Kid in 2011, so more time had passed between books in reality than from where one book ends and the next resumes.
The Kid revolves around the life of Abdul, the second child of Precious. As Push was the narrative of Precious, The Kid is the narrative of Abdul. However this is in quite a different style to that of Precious - both in their outlook and the way they express themselves. By the time I got around to reading The Kid I had forgotten about the content of the Guardian article, so the amount of abuse I read about was a shock compared with the abuse read about in Push. Precious was on the whole a heroine. But what is Abdul? The lines between the abused and the abuser are blurred at best.
The story of Abdul is very well written and that's why I liked it as much as I do to give it four stars. It is the below and some of the gritty scenes which made the experience, for me, far from enjoyable.

As a warning: if the content of Push was found to be hard to handle then I think you should find out a bit more about this book and the abuse it covers. The language I found to be more explicit and the scenes more graphic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Papaya on 26 Nov. 2011
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This second novel establishes Sapphire as an enormous and enormously original talent. Some passages of this book - notably the scenes where the Kid's great-grandmother recounts her own personal history while the Kid sits there masturbating - are amongst the most extraordinarily powerful writing I've ever read. This is absolutely not an easy read. There is no feel-good factor at all. And there shouldn't be. This presents the reality of how life may turn out for children who are repeatedly abused and brutalized and let down by the system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PdrgMrdt on 6 July 2013
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Sapphire's world is like no other. The book is harrowing in detail and in the sense of isolation, however I loved the reading the book and would love to read more about the characters!
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By sammie on 7 Sept. 2014
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I never read the previous book but loved the movie so i bought the kid... i get the premise of the style of writing in that he gets lost and escapes in his thoughts but it overwhelms the story so much for me that i end up taking a while to pick it up and read it again.... good story albeit quite gritty,grim and graphic
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By @stuism on 28 July 2012
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I loved Push, and was hopeful for an equally good read with The Kid. Instead I found it to be a confusing cacophony of thought and speech, making it extremely difficult to ascertain what is happening vs what the character is thinking. Some parts stretch the imagination too far, and others are put in for what appears to be shock value. The timeline feels disjointed at times and events occur with no explanation as to their circumstances. Later in the book I found new characters were under developed leaving me cold. I got to the point where I actually forgot who was who at times. Add to this the fact that the author apparently couldn't be bothered writing an ending, so simply stopped mid story and gave up. A word of warning, the last (rather bizarre) section of the book receives no explanation or closure. This is the first time I've felt compelled to write a book review, and it's partially to vent some of the frustration I feel about completely wasting my time reading this overrated, and overly hyped nonsense.
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