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.
â€ś[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.â€ťâ€”Booklist (starred review)
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty yearsâ€™ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that sheâ€™s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and donâ€™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 Kennedyâ€™s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her familyâ€”especially her teenage sonâ€”as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each otherâ€™s trust, and come to see that what theyâ€™ve been taught their whole lives about othersâ€”and themselvesâ€”might be wrong.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassionâ€”and doesnâ€™t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.
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