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By Sapphire

From the bestselling writer of Push, a narrative of survival and awakening—and one younger man’s notable strength

The Kid brings us deep into the internal lifetime of Abdul Jones, son of Sapphire’s unforgettable heroine, beneficial. Left on my own by way of his mother’s demise to navigate in an international the place love and hate occasionally hideously masquerade, compelled to confront unspeakable violence, his background, and the darkish corners of his personal middle, Abdul claws his means towards maturity. In a generational tale that strikes with the rate of notion from a Mississippi dust farm to Harlem in its heyday, from a stricken Catholic orphanage to downtown artists’ lofts, The Kid is a hovering story of physique and spirit, rooted within the hungers of flesh and of the soul.


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