Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.
In Precious, director Lee Daniels returns to the formula that has won him acclaim in the past: stories of poor Black women who are too pathetic, sick and incapable of caring for themselves or their children.
It is no accident that the hopes of Precious become manifest when she learns to read and write and she begins to do both, voraciously. It is through reading and writing that Precious finds her own life and her own voice.