"Some folks has a lot of things around them that shines for other peoples. I think that maybe some of them was in tunnels. And in that tunnel, the only light they had, was inside of them. And then long after they escape that tunnel, they still be shining for everybody else."
—Clareece 'Precious' Jones
A 1996 novel by Sapphire. Push
earned numerous accolades before coming to the screen in 2009 as Precious: Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire
, starring Gabourey Sidibe
Clareece Jones, aka "Precious," is an obese, illiterate African-American teenager living in Harlem with her parents. As the story opens, Clareece is pregnant with her second child (both the child she has and the child she's pregnant with are products of rape by her father, Carl). Her relationship with her mother Mary, meanwhile, is even worse (mostly physical and verbal abuse, but there is some implications of sexual abuse as well). But things start to look up when she's transferred to a GED program. There, she makes friends with a kind social worker, Mrs. Weiss; a teacher named Ms. Rain; and a few students.
The movie version, Precious: Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire"
was nominated for 3 Golden Globes, winning one (Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique) and 6 Oscars, winning 2, (Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique and Best Writing for Geoffrey Fletcher, also marking the first time an African-American has won that award solo.)
A sequel to the book was published in 2011, called The Kid
, about Precious' son Abdul. The book received mixed reviews.
Not to be confused with the movie about psychics
The novel and film feature examples of: