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A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The best books make you see differently. This is one of them. The eye-opening new novel from Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility.
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 prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.
It is about opening your eyes.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
An iBooks Best of 2016 selection. Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult's 24th novel, is the remarkable story of a Black 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 bestselling Picoult is a supremely gifted storyteller whose characters are never less than unforgettable. This book will spark so many conversations.
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.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this and has made me think about and question a lot of things. Very well-researched characters. Horrible to think there are lots of people like Turk in the world.
Couldn't put this down! Have recommended to all. The way Jodie writes is so fluid and easily hooks you in to the story so you become so invested in the characters.
An amazing message, highly recommended
I absolutely loved this book. I would definitely everyone regardless of skin colour to read it. This is the type of awareness we need, it’s very captivating yet not entirely fiction. I don’t think there’s anything in there to be offended about and I love how the message it carries is so strong yet subtly conveyed.