EUR Web: 'Precious' Sequel Coming to Bookstores

Sapphire (government name: Ramona Lofton) sells the The Kid to Penguin Press.

Forest Whitaker and Sheldon Turner flank Sapphire at the 82nd Oscars. (Getty)

Black folks are either celebrating or cringing as we type. Push author Sapphire (government name: Ramona Lofton) has sold a sequel novel, The Kid, to Penguin Press, to be published next summer. According to Publisher's Marketplace, The Kid focuses on the son of the main character from Push "as he approaches manhood -- alone, brutalized and with the soul of an artist." Sapphire's first novel, Push, was sold to Vintage at auction for $500,000 in 1995. It was adapted into the award-winning movie Precious and led to a supporting actress Academy Award for Mo'Nique and a writing Oscar for Geoffrey Fletcher. Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe earned a best actress nomination for her starring role as Precious. If the book is being made, then the film can't be far behind.


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