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Small Great Things
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Small Great Things


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.

Title:Small Great Things
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:470 pages
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    Small Great Things Reviews

  • Emily May
    Oct 10, 2016

    “The State just sees a dead baby. They’re targeting you because they think you failed as a nurse.”“You’re wrong.” I shake my head in the darkness, and I say the words I’ve swallowed dow...

  • Deanna
    Oct 14, 2016

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...I could probably write a twelve page review on everything I want to talk about from this book, everything I learned from this bo...

  • Tracey
    Sep 22, 2016

    I have tried to write this review several times. I guess I have a lot of thoughts about this novel.My first thought is that Jodi Picoult did not write this for me. I don't know what the demographic is...

  • Stephanie
    May 31, 2016

    5 strong stars. Heart wrenching story of a labor & delivery nurse accused of murder by a white supremacist. Jodi Picoult's forthcoming book is brilliant! I lost a lot of sleep in my need to find out ...

  • Elyse
    Jul 08, 2016

    THIS REVIEW IS SAFE TO READ ......NO SPOILERS. There is nothing in this review which isn't already suggested in the blurb. I begin with an excerpt: "Suddenly Roarke Matthews is standing in front of me...

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Oct 09, 2016

    AVAILABLE NOW!!Look up at the dark sky. See those stars? They all belong to Small Great Things.The Small Great Things at the end is not the same Small Great Things it is at the beginning, meaning that...

  • Angela M
    Sep 28, 2016

    This is a powerful book, bold in some ways , as we have a white author bringing to us a story depicting what racism looks like and trying to tell those of us who are not black, what it feels like . Bu...

  • Melissa
    Oct 24, 2016

    4.5 starsThis is an incredibly heavy read - one that’s told with brutal honesty and a lot of heart.My initial reaction after I read the final page of the story - why would she choose to end things o...

  • Brina
    Dec 31, 2016

    Jodi Picoult has been a best selling author for over twenty years. Twenty years ago she wanted to discuss a hot button issue but did not feel like she had the platform to do so. About a year ago, Pico...

  • Debbie
    Oct 03, 2016

    Oh dear, sigh sigh. I’m sad I didn't like this book more--I so wanted to. Lots of friends love Picoult, so I feel sort of like an alien, one standing at alert, with her handy but annoying Complaint ...