The Kid brings us deep into the interior life of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire’s unforgettable heroine, Precious. Left alone by his mother’s death 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. 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 artists’ lofts, The Kid is a soaring tale of body and spirit, rooted in the hungers of flesh and of the soul.
Praise For The Kid: A Novel…
“A devastating voice, demanding and raw . . . an accomplished work of art.”—The Los Angeles Times
“The breathtaking velocity and visceral power of her prose soars off the page…The Kid gives us a story and a narrative voice which, like his mother’s before him, should definitely be heard.”—The Guardian (UK)
“[Sapphire] remains fearlessly committed to telling uncomfortable truths… Like Push, The Kid is deeply moving and unflinching.”—Essence
“The Kid’s unflinching authenticity makes it tough yet ultimately rewarding to read.”—People
"Steely-eyed, full-frontal daring."—Philadelphia Inquirer
Penguin Books, 9780143121206, 400pp.
Publication Date: June 26, 2012