Sapphire is known to a wide audience due to her successful debut novel, Push, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie Precious. Now she has written a sequel, The Kid, which begins with the death of Precious and follows the life of her son Jamal Abdul Louis Jones into his teens. Jamal is tossed into the foster home system and is mocked and beaten until finally being sent to the St. Ailanthus School for Boys. There the priests take advantage of him sexually and he is eventually thrown out because he in turn abuses a couple of boys at the school. Caught alone in the world, he grows frustrated and angry. Sapphire was interviewed at New York Public Library's Harlem branch. Below is the video of the interview that accompanies the story from USA Today.
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