Small Great Things

Small Great Things

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date: 2016-10-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
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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.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

“[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

Reviews

  • Great read

    5
    By Shawny #7
    Great read!
  • Spectacular

    5
    By charalyson01
    Absolutely excellent! A must read for anyone and everyone. It will have you assessing your prospective on life for the better. This could not have come at a better time in society.
  • Small Great Things

    5
    By smcris
    A great perspective on racism in our country.
  • Small Great Things

    5
    By BEHust
    Not so small at all! What a wonderful story of determination, love, race, hate and accomplishment. One to be talked about for years to come!
  • Excellent Read that invokes deep emotions

    5
    By ABQMB
    As a nurse of 34 years, this books grabbed me. The hate and the white supremacist embarrassed me as a white person. This book also opened my eyes and caused me to re-examine my beliefs, biases and caused a deeper understanding that I have by virtue of my skin color been privileged in ways I may never have understood before. Thank you!
  • Excellently Written

    5
    By CoeurArnold
    NO SPOILERS It took me a while to get through this book not because it wasn't exceptional but because I'm trying to balance life. I loved it. I loved that it opened every angle you could possibly think from when it comes to race. I love that it teaches you how perspective is everything but most of all I love How Jodi Picoult was not afraid to dig in to this fully and openly interviewing different races and taking different perspectives and doing the footwork needed to get a great big message out throughout this novel. Those who think that she has no footing to writing about this topic from "white, privileged, well to do" perspective haven't read the authors note. As every book she writes, it touches the depths of your soul and keeps you reading for more. This book is not supposed to change your views on anything but it will allow you to see views of every characters positioning layed out. She literally went from being my favorite author to me wanting to now read ONLY her books 😂😂 forever... lol I recommended for everyone to read it whether you are a health care professional or a construction worker. Whether you are green, blue, brown, or yellow you should read it. Whether you love reading or hate reading you too should read it! Enjoy! “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. —NELSON MANDELA, LONG WALK TO FREEDOM” #jodipicoult #smallgreatthings #bookreview #fivestars #nospoilers #bookstagram
  • 5 stars

    5
    By Pro-tinderer
    Such a phenomenal book. It illuminates modern day issues with a touch a humor and does not fail in maintaining ones interest.
  • Didn't want to go there

    5
    By sweetiepetitti
    This was my bookclubs pick and when I read the details I was so not interested. I hate the way racism is thrown all over the media and just didn't want to read a book about it. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was a great story, and a lesson for anyone with white privilege. But not a lesson in a preachy, down your throat way. The story braided these characters together beautifully and I saw myself in each one of them. I will see many things with different eyes. A great read that will lead to a lively book club discussion.
  • Medically, legally and logically absurd

    1
    By Kdimoney
    Do not even know if I can finish this novel. Though initially gripping, once it states baby died from hypoglycemic incident but then went on to say the black nurse was to blame and it was a hate crime - really? No matter how far you stretch, that's totally medically, legally and logically absurd. Jodi Picoult is becoming desperate for sensational reading. Anyone with even the tiniest bit of medical or legal knowledge, or common sense for that matter, will have trouble stomaching this novel.
  • Excellent Read

    5
    By Arthursmom22
    This book had me captured from the first page to the last. I have always been a fan of Jodi Picoult but I think this is her best book to date. This book really did change how I look at racism. I can't recommend it enough.

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