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25th Anniversary Edition

New York Times bestselling novel.


A new 25th anniversary edition of the instant classic that inspired the major motion picture and Sundance Film Festival winner Precious: Based on the Novel ‘PUSH’ by Sapphire, whose power and ferocity influenced a generation of writers.


This 25th anniversary edition features a preface by Tayari Jones and an afterword by Sapphire which features extensive discourse about the film. 

Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem’s casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time.

Push won the Book-of-the-Month Club’s Stephen Crane award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s First Novelist Award, and in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Named by the Village Voice and Time Out New York as one of the top ten books of 1996, Push was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction. 

Paperback  |  $17.00
Published by Penguin Books
June 22, 2021 

ISBN 9780593314609

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“Brutal, redemptive . . . you just can’t take your eyes off Precious Jones.”


“A horrific, hope-filled story [that is] brilliant, blunt, merciless”


“Affecting and impassioned . . . sails on the strength of pure, stirring feeling.”

The New York Times Book Review

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