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PUSH

Pushy by Sapphire is a novel spoken through the voice of Claireece Precious Jones dealing with her experiences in the two major classrooms, one being her family setting and the other her education experiences. The novel contains many graphic descriptions of many touchy subjects including sexual abuse, AIDS, welfare, illiteracy, domestic violence, and the educational system.
Claireece, or by her own demands Precious lives in Harlem, NY around the early 1980s. She talks about her relationships with her mother and father. These experiences that were never positive scar her for the rest of the novel and her life. It all basically started about the age of two where her mother and father were having intercourse and he reached over towards Precious and started to sexually abuse her.Shortly after this incident her mother as well began to start the abuse. Her mothers and fathers abuse was just like a one night stand but in fact was repetitive along with the demands of having to take care of house hold chores of cooking, cleaning, etc. At the age of twelve Precious gave to birth to a baby girl on the kitchen floor. Who was the father? Yes, sadly enough it was her father. The baby was born with Down syndrome and was referred to as lil mongo. Then at the age of 16 another child yes again by her father. The Childs name was Abdul. Lil mongo was taken care of by Precious's grandmother but her own mother was getting welfare for supposedly taking care of both the new born and Precious. Shortly after Abduls birth Precious tells the truth to social services and lil mongo is then placed into a special home. This then causes Precious to leave her mothers house where she then finds residence in a home for young mothers and their children.Eventually, her mother comes to the house and tells her that her father had passed away and that he had HIV, which then was passed along to Precious via the sexually abuse.
In the educational setting of Push,…

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