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Small Great Things

Picoult, Jodi, 1966- Book - 2016 Fiction / Picoult, Jodi, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Picoult, Jodi 1 On Shelf 1 request on 11 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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"This stunning new novel is Jodi Picoult at her finest--complete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a page-turning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart. 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 Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time "A riveting drama."--Us Weekly "[A] moving tale."--People "A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery."--USA Today "Poignant. an entertaining story about parental love, friendship, loss."--The Washington Post"-- Provided by publisher.
"A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned - they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear"-- Provided by publisher.

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A Must Read submitted by tudorprincess on June 20, 2017, 10:08am Amazing story. Not only does the author discuss overt hatred and racism, it also points out that many white liberals dismiss their own privilege and don't believe they themselves are racist or that anyone else is in the modern age is, even when concrete examples stare them in the face.

Absorbing submitted by Zekicmom on June 29, 2018, 8:02am Rarely do I get as emotionally invested in a book and it's characters as quickly as I did with this one. I enjoyed it as a work of fiction, and I know that it will influence how I think about race and racism from now on. I would definitely recomend this book.

Piccoult's Best submitted by selujules on August 9, 2018, 7:17am I love myself some Jodi Piccoult, and I consider this her best book yet. Gripping and well-developed. My only critique is that is that it's a bit too earnest... but I can totally get past that.

Powerful submitted by boncheng on July 9, 2019, 9:03pm This was a really emotional read and experiencing the story through the varying perspectives was really eye-opening. I will have to admit that parts of it were difficult were to read but I can really appreciate how Jodi Piccoult is bringing current events into her storytelling.

Thought provoking submitted by jennyaiko on August 8, 2019, 8:51pm Great story which examines racism and makes you think of your own biases.

small great things submitted by laurenalysse on June 17, 2020, 2:59pm Jodi Picoult handles both racism and the law well in this book. The story is engaging, and would likely open the eyes of many of her readers about the impacts of systemic racism.

amazing submitted by supercoolhotgirl on June 10, 2022, 8:30pm this book was incredibly thought provoking and did an amazing job of making me consider perspectives that are not my own.

Equity vs. Equality submitted by lrzawacki on June 11, 2022, 9:51am Picoult really dives into a difficult subject with an absolutely absorbing story. The thing that stuck with me the most is passive racism, and really highlighting the difference between equity vs. equality for any minority. We definitely all have more to learn and practice.

Small Great Things submitted by czadams on August 28, 2022, 9:13am I love love love this book! Seriously I think the author give us a really good look at Ruth;s inner world and the ways that she has to be so careful because of the systematic oppression.
There are so many things that non-Black community members do not have to think about, because of their privilege. I like that she really explored this with research and interviewing to make sure she gave voice to real people and their experiences in the medical world.
WOW she writes the best endings too

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PUBLISHED
New York : Ballantine Books, 2016.
Year Published: 2016
Description: 470 pages : 24 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780345544957
0345544951

SUBJECTS
African American nurses -- Fiction.
Criminal defense lawyers -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Racism -- Fiction.
Legal stories.