By Sapphire

Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780679446262, 192pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2009


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.

About the Author
She was born in 1950 and grew up on army bases in California, Pennsylvania, and Texas. She was graduated from City C ollege in New York, received an MFA from Brooklyn College, and taught reading and writing to teenagers and adults in Harlem and the Bronx for eight years. Sapphire is a performance poet and the author of American Dreams. She lives in New York City.