New York Times bestselling novel.
A story of survival and awakening—and one young man’s remarkable strength 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.
“Sapphire has taken the challenges her Kid faces and distilled htem into a devasting voice, demanding and raw...an accomplished work of art.”
Los Angeles Times
“The breathtaking velocity
and visceral power of her
prose soars off the page.”
The Guardian (London)
“[Sapphire] remains fearlessly committed to telling uncomfortable truths...like Push, The Kid is deeply moving and unflinching.”
“[Sapphire] writes with a
burning anger that
gives this novel
The Times (London)
“There's no way around this:
The Kid can be tough to read...
But put it down and
Abdul's voice calls one back, demanding that
attention must be paid.”
“That's the genius of Sapphire's writing: Abdul, like Precious, while not a monster like his grandmother, Mary, is both a victim and an oppressor... We want to shake him by the shoulders when he is at his worst, but we never want to give up on him.”