'Precious' Author Sapphire Sells Sequel Novel

 Courtesy of Lee Daniels Entertainment

Sapphire (real name: Ramona Lofton) has sold a second novel to Penguin Press, the New York Observer reports.

Her first novel, Push, was adapted into the award-winning movie, Precious, which garnered Mo'Nique the best supporting actress Oscar, and Geoffrey Fletcher a writing Oscar. Newcomer Gabourey Sidibe was nominated for the best actress Oscar.

Sapphire's newest book, The Kid, is somewhat of a sequel to Push. It will focus on the son of the main character "as he approaches manhood -- alone, brutalized and with the soul of an artist." (In the end of the first novel, it was revealed Precious, the mother of two children, had AIDS.)

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