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Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult
Small Great Things
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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... show more
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.

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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345544957 (0345544951)
ASIN: 345544951
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Fiction Fantastic
Fiction Fantastic rated it
5.0 Book Review: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
I often struggle to figure out my role as an ally, to figure out if I’m supposed to be doing something or if I’m not doing something I should. I’ll be the first to admit that I am ignorant about a lot of things… unfortunately social justice isn’t something that’s taught in school. It’s left up to yo...
Hol
Hol rated it
3.5 Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Not many books manage to do what this book has, make me think about the world differently. Before this book I thought about racism, but because I live in Ireland which is only beginning to become more diverse, it wasn’t as prevalent in my mind as it should have been. This book changed that. Here’s...
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
4.0 Small Great Things
This is a really good story about the subject of race. It does a great job of letting the reader feel everyone's point of view, and it gives so much food for thought. I was able to have empathy for all the characters even when I didn't agree on certain points. It brought things to the forefront t...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 Picoult confronts racism head-on!
Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult, author, Cassandra Campbell, Audra McDonald, Ari Fliakos, NarratorsJodi Picoult has written a well researched and really difficult exposé on race relations and just what those two words really mean, in this, her latest book. She believes that there will be those on a...
Shygirl: Reading After Midnight
Shygirl: Reading After Midnight rated it
4.5 A Stunning, Powerful Novel--But It Might Not Work For Everyone
Small Great Things was a powerful, gripping story of racial injustice told from three very different points of view: the nurse accused, the public defender, and the white supremacist father. And let me just that it was an eye-opening experience that will stick with me for a long time. ‘People must ...
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