U.S.A. / 1996
This is the book that inspired the movie, Precious. Like always, the book is better than the movie. When I first saw the movie and read the book, I thought it was sensationalist. To an extent, I still think it's poverty porn. However, I learned that Sapphire, herself, suffered similar sexual abuse to the book's main character. I'm not sure who this book's audience is. Audience is everything. I struggle to enjoy some books by black authors because it is sometimes clear that they are pandering to the white gaze.