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The Kid

A Novel

Sapphire, 1950-

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Kid
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Fifteen years after the publication of Push, one year after the Academy Award-winning film adaptation, Sapphire gives voice to Precious's son, Abdul.

In The Kid bestselling author Sapphire tells the electrifying story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push's unforgettable heroine, Precious.

A story of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul, The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones. We meet him at age nine, on the day of his mother's funeral. Left alone to navigate a world in which love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he can stand behind.

In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, The Kid tells of a twenty- first-century young man's fight to find a way toward the future. A testament to the ferocity of the human spirit and the deep nourishing power of love and of art, The Kid chronicles a young man about to take flight. In the intimate, terrifying, and deeply alive story of Abdul's journey, we are witness to an artist's birth by fire.



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After his mother dies when he is nine years old, Abdul Jones finds his way toward adulthood by overcoming the legacy of physical and sexual abuse he carries with him from his time in a foster home and at a boys' Catholic school.

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From the best-selling author of Push and Precious comes another novel, this time featuring Precious' son.
This book is Sapphire's latest, a sequel to Push coming 15 years after its publication and one year after Precious, the film based on Push, got Academy Award attention. It is the story of Precious's son, Abdul, opening on the day of his mother's funeral. This book brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire's unforgettable heroine, Precious. It is a story of survival and awakening, and of one young man's remarkable strength. We meet Abdul at age nine, on the day of his mother'sfuneral. Left alone to navigate in a world where love and hate sometimes hideously masquerade, forced to confront unspeakable violence, his history, and the dark corners of his own heart, Abdul claws his way toward adulthood and toward an identity he canstand behind. In a generational story that moves with the speed of thought from a Mississippi dirt farm to Harlem in its heyday; from a troubled Catholic orphanage to downtown artist's lofts, this story tells of a twenty-first-century young man's fight to find a way to the future. Intimate, terrifying, deeply alive in Abdul's journey we are witness to an artist's birth by fire. -- From publisher's web site.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781594203046
1594203040
Branch Call Number: FIC S
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 25 cm.

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Jun 05, 2014
  • flash2121 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

it a good book to read...

So sad instead of continuing Precious's life we skip to the next generation. Hard read indeed, however there was another child. How did he do? He did have Downs Syndrome. I would have been interested in those nine years leading to her death. Shall@harlem/meers.

Oct 06, 2013
  • neshamah18 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting, heartbreaking but not especially well written.

Jan 16, 2013
  • Rhea1982 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Such a great writer Sapphire is, but such a sad sad story.

Dec 17, 2012
  • voeuetoile rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

While the subject is something that needs to be read and exposed, this was a hard to read book. I found myself wondering at times if this was the inner monologue, a dream or something that was actually happening to Abdul. I found myself reading and reading to be sure of the "realness" of what was going on.

It is a heart wrenching story about the need to survive and the generational curses and abuses that can make that difficult to do. This is a story that will haunt me as a person who works with children from all walks of life. Could something like this have happened to him/ her? I'll ask myself.

I really wish that this book was an easier read.

Oct 13, 2012
  • Geezerlaw rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I had found "Push" very interesting so wanted to read this follow up. It was terrible! Yes we get it - there is a lot of sexual abuse out there - but 350 pages of nothing but is too much. There was no realy character development, no interesting story lines. I would not recommend this for anyone.

When I first started to read the book I thouht the same thing that many people did and that is that the stroy is all over the place.

I did not know if ir was a dream sequence sometimes or if the event that is going on is something that happening to Abdul or what.

Then I got to learn and understand the bool as I got furture into it learning that the family has under gone so much hard times and that is something that would warp the mind of a child.

in additon to that being an orphan and then being sexaully abused and then growing up not knowing what or who you are tells the story of many who go through the same situation.

in closing it takes you to have to really get into the book and figure out the story but once you get into it and get past the constant sexual explicitness it is a good read.

Mar 13, 2012
  • wilstyles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sapphire continues her story where Push (the film Precious) left off. Her son is The Kid and it's the story of him growing up in Harlem after his mom dies of AIDS and everything that happens to him as he's pushed through the system and figuring out who he is.

Oct 21, 2011
  • tcb2011 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I only read a couple pages and put it down. It is written differently and I did not like it

Oct 05, 2011
  • imaginethat rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was so moved by Push, Sapphire's previous novel, that I was very excited to read The Kid. Unfortunately, while I feel I learned from reading it, The Kid lacks some very important elements that made Precious palatable despite its devastating subject. My primary problem is that I struggled mightily to maintain positive affect for the protagonist after a pivotal scene early in the first section. In fact, I was so disturbed by Abdul's actions that I returned the book to the library and debated with myself if I could continue.

I ultimately did borrow the book again and finish the novel. Its most redeeming feature is the section in which we get to learn the backstory of Toosie (Precious' grandmother) and Mary (Precious' mother).

Precious was endearing because the character survived and overcame grave abuses. Abdul's reaction to different horrifying abuses was perhaps more realistic, but my needs as a reader were not met by the book. If Sapphire writes a sequel, however, I would likely read it in the hopes that meaningful redemption is available for Abdul at some point.

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Sexual Content: Graphic violence Sexual content Coarse language

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