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The Kid

A Novel

Sapphire

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Description

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.

Publishers Weekly Review

May 02, 2011 – Fifteen years and an Oscar-nominated movie adaptation have passed by since Push, and, with Precious long dead, Sapphire unfurls the story of her son, Jamal Abdul Louis Jones. Orphan Jamal winds up at a foster home where he's mocked and beaten to the point of having to be hospitalized. Fast forward, and Abdul, going by the name J.J., is at the St. Ailanthus School for boys, where he's sexually abused by priests and in turn sexually abuses a couple of boys at the school. When J.J. is thrown out of the school, he struggles to handle his own conflicting desires and the rigors of getting by in a tough world by himself, often with very little comprehension of consequences. J.J. is a great creation, if a sometimes frustrating one: Sapphire excels at getting readers into the head of a frightened, enraged, and frustrated wild child, but that isn't always the best vantage point from which to watch this heartbreaking story unfold. This is a sobering and unflinching study of the legacy of abuse, and while the narration can leave readers more puzzled than piqued, it's a harrowing story.

Customer Reviews

Review of "The Kid"

One star for effort and actually getting this book published. As much as I loved "Push" is as much as I dislike "The Kid".
Babbling, wandering, ridiculous writing which left me unsure whether the author or the character was schizophrenic. Yes, people suffer in this world, but this was ridiculous.
If I could get the money I spent and the time I wasted reading this book back it would still not be enough compensation.

Horrible

This book was horrible. It babbled on. The character was crazy or was it the Arthur who wrote it, that was crazy. I skipped many of pages trying to get a clear understanding of the book, that I just had to delete it off my phone. I say not to buy it. It is not worth it. I rated one star because I had to, otherwise I wouldn't have gave no stars

Going nowhere

The Book started out good however quickly delved into a confusing mess. Abdul, JJ, Jamal all one in the same goes in and out of fugue states throughout the book making it very hard to follow. It is difficult to discern reality from make believe events. Not at all a satisfying read the ending leaves you with confusion and wanting clarification while at the same time feeling relieved that it's over

The Kid
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Jul 05, 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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