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Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. So what better way to learn about her than through her own, halting dialect. That is the device deployed in the first novel by poet and singer Sapphire. "Sometimes I wish I was not alive," Precious says. "But I don't know how to die. Ain' no plug to pull out. 'N no matter how bad I feel my heart don't stop beating and my eyes open in the morning." An intense story of adversity and the mechanisms to cope with it.
Precious is now a major motion picture based on the novel Push by Sapphire, starring Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz. Enjoy these images from the film, and click the thumbnails to see larger images.
I watched the movie Precious before reading this book.
That enslavement created a viscous cycle of abuse in the descendants of its survivors much like was seen in the pages of Push and in the life of Precious Jones.
At the end, it felt like there should have been more but most good books leave me wanting to read more.
very disappointed in book but understood how the writing is due to the pain person suffered and was just too deep for me. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sunrise4vic
This was a nice book to read, and it was able to share what was missed in the movies, but overall it was okay.Published 22 days ago by Leilani Lewis
This book was in good condition, but the language was a huge turn-off. I'd bought the book because I'd thought it offered more than the movie, and kept waiting for it to get... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Elena Rodriguez
My friends told me not to read this book.
Everyone said it was too gritty and real, that it would hit too close to home, that I would feel the wounds of the protagonist,... Read more
I decided to read the book after I saw the movie which, of course, did not do the book justice. Read more
Precious is a character you will never forget.
I wish she had a better presentation. This is a sad sad story. Read more
Just some unbelievable s*** that can happy to any human told through a precious child about vicious Harlem and how hard life is on them.Published 2 months ago by Shamari Roberson