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416 words, approx. 2 pages
[In the excerpt below, Randall discerns "considerable craft" in the poems of American Dreams.] Sapphire's American Dreams is a first book and as such suffers from some of the prob...
730 words, approx. 3 pages
[In the following excerpt, Svoboda observes of American Dreams, "These are not nice poems. But they are rarely not good poems."] Every word costs in American Dreams, a High Risk book by ...
995 words, approx. 4 pages
[In the following review, Kakutani suggests that an ideological subtext diminishes the emotional impact of the narrative in Push, which makes it "disturbing, affecting and manipulative all at t...
1,134 words, approx. 4 pages
[In the review below, Smith discusses the controversy over some of the themes and perspectives in Sapphire's novel and poetry.] This is the realm of "the voiceless," Lenox Avenue ...
1,414 words, approx. 5 pages
[Below, Mahoney calls Push "an affecting and impassioned work that sails on the strength of pure, stirring feeling."] Intrepid will and raw intelligence ring forth in Claireece Precious ...
1,034 words, approx. 4 pages
[In the following review, Woods calls Push "an impressive yet deeply flawed debut," pointing to inconsistencies in narrative voice and use of language.] "I was left back when I wa...
714 words, approx. 3 pages
[In the review below, Obejas briefly outlines the themes in Push, praising Sapphire's portrayal of inner-city life.] Push is a story about hell. It's about Precious Jones, a 16-year-old ...
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Were the Books, "Push" and "Precious" By Sapphire Based On a True Story or Person?
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