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Sapphire on Her Novel: The Kid

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Sapphire, author of the novel Push, which became the screenplay for "Precious," talks about her latest novel, The Kid. It tells the story of Abdul Jones, the son of Precious, the heroine of Push, orphaned at 9 and left alone to navigate a violent world in which love and hate sometimes intertwine.

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Comments [7]

Jesse B

Sapphire is an amazing artist and writer. Her work delves into the characterization of the people that we, as a society, do not want to look at because they disturb us. A society that produces people without souls or conscience, that push homeless onto subway train tracks, or set on fire while sleeping on a park bench. Yes! Continue to be the idiots in this consumer society that only want to see people of wealth and prosperity in books, magazines, and TV, because it is superficial and pretty! Continue to turn a blind eye to what's ugly all around us. Sapphire has the courage to write about people we would rather judge from a place of privilege and shove under a rug.

Jul. 07 2011 01:43 PM
K Phillips from Brooklyn

To quote from Sapphire in her interview with Leonard Lopate, I find her stories "fantastical and deeply disturbing." That an author of fiction finds it necessary to heap upon her created characters so much ugliness and tragedy, while true stories with just as much sadness surround us everyday, speaks of an egotistical, even voyeuristic personality. That Sapphire admits one of her close friends is a psychologist (?) and a favorite topic of discussion are cases with which the friend works is evidence of Sapphire's sensationalist attitude towards real people and circumstances she attempts to write about. Such cases should be kept confidential by the professionals entrusted to oversee them. Because I see no literary or other type of value in them, I will never read Sapphire's works, but I do wonder: is her writing itself any good? If not, then her popularity points to the same sensationalism among people who choose to read her; a sad reality in our modern world.

Jul. 06 2011 01:27 PM
Mr. Bad from IL

This author is such a hack, just a terrible writer and careerist. Her "books" have no literary value and are utterly exploitative, derivative and beneath contempt. Listening to her try and justify her pulp magazine plot devices is hilarious, and then to go on and shoehorn her sociopolitical "concerns" into fatuous, juvenile prose and characterization is equally amusing. Please go away.

Jul. 06 2011 01:06 PM
John from office

If not for white liberals this author would not exist. One book i am not buying.

Jul. 06 2011 01:03 PM
anonyme

I had an upper class French friend who died of ARC - living first in NY then in Paris - a woman.

Jul. 06 2011 12:53 PM
D

Has she looked at similar works on other cultures?

Jul. 06 2011 12:53 PM
Patrick from Bronx

I believe you were disappointed with the film project that your novel "Push" inspired at an early point of the cinematic project. I heard, however, that you eventually came around to express your satisfaction with the film. In light of that experience, would you support a film project based on "The Kid"?

Jul. 06 2011 06:07 AM

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