Small Great Things
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Small Great Things

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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
ISBN:0345544951
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:470 pages

    Small Great Things Reviews

  • Emily May
    Oct 13, 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...

  • Stephanie
    Jul 12, 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
    Oct 02, 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 11, 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
    Nov 22, 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...

  • Debbie
    Jan 13, 2017

    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 ...

  • Will Byrnes
    Nov 16, 2016

    …every baby is born beautiful.It’s what we project on them that makes them ugly. A drop of water is a tiny thing. Only a twentieth of a gram. It takes almost six hundred drops to make an ounce, a...

  • Melissa
    Oct 28, 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...

  • Lori
    Oct 13, 2016

    This was a 'beast' of a novel for me... not in the sense that it was long, but in that it was a difficult topic. I, like Picoult, think of myself as not discriminating in how I treat people, however, ...

About Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.Her new novel, SMALL GREAT THINGS, is available in hardcover, ebook, and aud