After Sista Souljah's "The Coldest Winter Ever," one of the most memorable, modern, black novels I've read is Sapphire's "Push." Though it's second on the list, it will be first to hit the big screen. Lee Daniels, the producer responsible for casting Halle Berry in Monster's Ball, has expanded his ambition to directing movies. His first two films "Shadowboxer" and "The Woodsman" were well received, both notable for their 'cutting edge' subject matter, Push will continue along that line.
Push tells the story of a confused, overweight African-American girl, Claireece Precious Jones. Verbally abused by her mother, sexually abused by her father, her family troubles lead to problems in school. She has no friends, no money, two kids (courtesy of Dad), she's damn near illiterate, and left to decipher the mess her life is in on her own. It's work of fiction, yet it's easy to imagine some girl living the story as we speak. The book reads like the pages of her diary.