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Small Great Things: A Novel

Paperback - 11 April 2017
Picoult, Jodi(Author)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 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 Small Great Things

Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . [and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.”The Washington Post

“A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today . . . a fantastic read from beginning to end, as can always be expected from Picoult, this novel maintains a steady, page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down.”San Francisco Book Review

“A gripping courtroom drama . . . Given the current political climate it is quite prescient and worthwhile. . . . This is a writer who understands her characters inside and out.”—Roxane Gay, The New York Times Book Review

“I couldn’t put it down. Her best yet!”New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman

“A compelling, can’t-put-it-down drama with a trademark [Jodi] Picoult twist.”Good Housekeeping

“It’s Jodi Picoult, the prime provider of literary soul food. This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice.”Redbook

“Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in Small Great Things, she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. . . . This page-turner is perfect for book clubs.”Popsugar


Customer Reviews

1 customer reviews Between 2−3 stars rating, 23 November 2017
A good read
By: Endah Anomsari

Small Great Things is a story about a nurse who have been working for dozen years and is falsely accused for murdering a newly-born baby in the hospital she's working at. The accussation, however, is made because the nurse, Ruth, is a black woman. Not that she really kills the baby. In a society where discrimination againts people of colour is a winning narrative, proving that Ruth isn't guilty becomes more challenging than proving any white nurse or doctor who has the baby under their care (but no one but Ruth who was accused).

The book is difficult at the beginning, particularly because it has a disturbing theme. Discrimination. The way Picoult made a White... See More

Supremacist as one of the narrators in the book makes it even more difficult to read. Though  what makes the reader feel disturbed isn't the story itself but the fact that such White Supremacist does exist in real life. Now, in our world.

The story becomes more interesting once the lawyer (Kennedy) takes the case and the legal process starts. The story also moves in a right pace and by the end of the book, Picoult makes us understand why Ruth did that and how she felt. The reader can see the feeling of those who have been discriminated in their whole life.

It's not the best book out there, but worth to read. Definitely not a waste of time reading this one.

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