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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 latest stunning page-turner from Jodi Picoult.
'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
When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.
What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
Small Great Things is about that which divides and unites us. It is about opening your eyes.
'A gripping courtroom drama ... Given the current political climate it is quite prescient ... This is a writer who understands her characters inside and out.' - Roxane Gay, The New York Times Book Review
Prolific Jodi Picoult is destined to return to the bestsellers' list with this tale...This is Picoult's best book in a long time. - Gold Coast Weekend Bulletin
A new Jodi Picoult novel is always cause for celebration...this one is a cracker of a story with all her trademark elements: medical dilemma, courtroom drama and a hot-button talking point. - Marie Claire
You can rely on this prolific novelist to deliver thought-provoking suspense on a hot-button topic - no matter how incendiary... There are echoes of To Kill a Mockingbird in this challenging work. - Who Weekly
A gripping story of social injustice issues that ...[will]...stay with you long after the last page has been turned. - Book Muster Down Under
Most definitely worth the hype it's receiving. - Debbish
This page-turner from the prolific Jodi Picoult has a really heart-stopping dilemma as its setup... - The Age
Jodi Picoult is back with another heart-wrenching tale...the story of a young nurse who is charged with negligent homicide after trying to save a newborn suffering cardiac arrest. What happens next will stay with you long after you close the back cover. - Over Sixty
Jodi Picoult never fails to take me on an emotional roller coaster. Each of her novels, famous for their complex moral dilemmas, has forced me to question my beliefs and Small Great Things is no exception. - The Unfinished Bookshelf
Prolific Jodi Picoult is destined to return to the bestsellers' list with this tale of racism that will see emotions run high for readers of all races. - Herald Sun
Small Great Things is such a pageturner. It's the kind of book you can easily stay up until 2am to finish. - Goodreads reviewer
I have read every book by Jodi Picoult and they all make me think. But I feel like this book is the one that hit me hardest. I learned so much and from the moment I started reading it, it has been on my mind. - Goodreads reviewer
I felt like Jodi Picoult had crawled inside my head and answered every single burning question I had while reading this book. - Goodreads reviewer
Exquisitely written.....filled with grief - gets under your skin and leaves you changed!!!! - Goodreads reviewer
You may not come away the same person you were before this read. - Goodreads reviewer
I saw myself in this story. I am awed and will recommend this book to anyone I know. - Amazon reviewer
Small Great Things makes you think, step outside of yourself, take another's perspective, and re-think your beliefs...It is both disturbing, heartbreaking and enlightening. - Amazon reviewer
Couldn't put it down. Uncomfortable reading at times about a sensitive topic but a real thought provoker. Can't recommend it highly enough.. - Booktopia review
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult's 24th novel, is the remarkable story of an African-American nurse, a white supremacist couple and one infant whose fate pits them against each other. But it’s so much more: an insightful exploration of the overburdened American justice system, a potent meditation on race, and a dramatic tour de force. The New York Times bestselling author is a supremely gifted storyteller whose characters are never less than unforgettable.
Bestselling author Picoult's latest page-turner is inspired by a Flint, Mich., event in which a white supremacist father refused to allow an experienced African-American labor and delivery nurse to touch his newborn. In Picoult's story, a medical crisis results in an infant's death and a murder charge against a black nurse named Ruth Jefferson. The story unfolds from three viewpoints: Ruth's, the infant's father a skinhead named Turk and Ruth's public defender, Kennedy McQuarrie, a white professional woman questioning her own views about racism. The author's comprehensive research brings veracity to Ruth's story as a professional black woman trying to fit into white society, to Turk's inducement into the white-power movement, and to Kennedy's soul-searching about what it's like to be black in America. Unfortunately, the author undermines this richly drawn and compelling story with a manipulative final plot twist as well as a Pollyannaish ending. Some may be put off by the moralistic undertone of Picoult's tale, while others will appreciate the inspiration it provides for a much-needed conversation about race and prejudice in America.
Riveting… after a few chapters. I like this more in the middle section and slightly disappointed by the ending.
The Brooks Books - bookclub
This was our first book club book and we gave it a 3.5. The book itself was well written and most of us loved it. A couple of us found Turks transformation to be a little to quick or over the top but all in all a good read. Happy to recommend to friends and other book clubs.
Loved this book
Loved this story. Real and relatable. Shines a light on reality as it is and how slowly it changes.