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Sapphire is the author of American Dreams, a collection of poetry which was cited by Publishers Weekly as, "One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties." Push, her novel, won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award, and, in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Push was named by the Village Voice and Time Out New York as one of the top ten books of 1996. Push was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction. About... Read More

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American Dreams

Written by Sapphire

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 18, 1996
Price: $15.00

In the tradition of Alice Walker, this electrifying new African American voice delivers the verdict on the urban condition in a sensual, propulsive, and prophetic book of poetry and prose.

Whether she is writing about an enraged teenager gone "wilding" in Central Park, fifteen-year-old Latasha Harlins gunned down by a Korean... Read more >

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Black Wings & Blind Angels
Written by Sapphire

Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $12.00

A book of electrifying poems by the acclaimed author of Push and American Dreams.

Alive with the emotional honesty and intellectual force for which Sapphire has been admired as both a writer and a performance artist, these forty-seven poems take us into America's past and present, bearing testimony to the black experience... Read more >

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A Novel
Written by Sapphire

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 29, 1997
Price: $13.95

Winner of the Critic's Choice Award of the American Educational Studies Association
Winner of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association First Novelist Award

In this electrifying novel, a black street girl, sixteen years old and pregnant—again—with her father’s child, speaks. In a voice that shakes us by its language, its story... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

Exam Copy

Written by Sapphire

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 11, 1996
Price: $25.95

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