Yesterday, Ann Godoff, publisher of The Penguin Press (Penguin Group), announced the acquisition of Sapphire’s The Kid, a follow up to Push—the book on which the film Precious is based.

The Kid—Sapphire’s first novel in 14 years—tells the story of Abdul Jones, the son of Push‘s unforgettable heroine, Precious (played by Gabourey Sidibe in the film adaption). The publication date is slated for summer 2011.

“Sapphire never fails to render the hardest material comprehensible by coming from a place of love,” Ann Godoff said of the acquisition.

“In her second novel, she fearlessly explores the young life of an African American boy as he approaches manhood; alone, brutalized and with the soul of an artist. It is an honor for The Penguin Press to have the opportunity to publish this extraordinary book.”

Godoff also edited and published the Lambda Literary Award winning novel, Among Other Things, I’ve Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney.

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