Oprah Gives Push to ‘Precious’

Precious, an upcoming film based on Sapphire’s 1996 novel Push, got a big boost yesterday when Oprah interviewed Mo’Nique, the actress who plays the snarling mother of the movie’s tragically abused 16 year-old protagonist. “I saw Mo’Nique’s performance in this film and was so blown away,” Oprah said. “She is giving the performance of a lifetime.”

Set for release November 6, the film has already won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. On viewing the trailer, Entertainment Weekly declared:

Precious actually looks like it’s about something. Namely, a teenage girl (newcomer Gabourey Sidibe) wrestling with pregnancy, economic hardships, and a monstrous mother (Mo’Nique) who berates her every chance she gets. This is a side of America most of us rarely see, especially in the movies.”

Libraries we checked showed reserves on Push, with fewer than 10 copies on hand. But here’s some justification for buying more: Oprah is likely to continue her drumbeat for the film, which will be distributed in cooperation with her own Harpo Productions and Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Productions.

 Here’s the trailer:

Push: A Novel
Price: $12.95
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (1997-04-29)
ISBN-10: 0679766758
ISBN-13: 9780679766759

A movie tie-in edition is also forthcoming from Vintage, but the jacket art is not yet available.

Push: Movie-Tie in Edition
Price: $12.95
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage Books USA – (2009-05)
ISBN-10: 0307474844
ISBN-13: 9780307474841

An audiobook version will be released on July 28, 2009 by Books On Tape :

  • Narrator: Bahni Turpin
  • ISBN: 9781415967171
  • $60; 6 CDS; Unabridged

One Response to “Oprah Gives Push to ‘Precious’”

  1. Elita Says:

    Oh, wow, this movie looks amazing! We don’t own a copy of the book so I think I may get 2! Thanks for letting me know about this.