Small Great Things: A Novel

Jodi Picoult
With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.   “[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.”—Booklist (starred review)  Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?   Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.   With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.Praise for Jodi Picoult’s Leaving Time   “A riveting drama.”—Us Weekly   “[A] moving tale.”—People   “A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery.”—USA Today   “Poignant . . . an entertaining story about parental love, friendship, loss.”—The Washington Post


Reviewed: 2018-08-22
This was a brilliant book about race. I loved so much about it. I love that the son of one of the main characters was similar to me in terms of being a black kid going to an upscale white school. I love the development of the main characters the black nurse and the two racist parents of the child that the black nurse works with. I like that the cold approach this book with a lot of respect in the notes in the back she talks about waiting years before she felt qualified to write this and I respect this. I also love that a fat girl the nurses lawyer, gets a guy who really loves her. It actually made me cry with gratitude. This is a book I could read again!
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