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Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

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'I don't want that nurse touching my baby.'

Those are the instructions from the newborn child's parents. However, when the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth, a nurse of twenty years' experience, sees no option but to assist. But the baby dies. And Ruth is charged with negligent homicide.

Ruth is shattered and bewildered as she tries to come to terms with her situation. She finds different kinds of support from her sister, a fiery radical, and her teenage son, but it is to Kennedy McQuarrie, a white middle-class lawyer, to whom she entrusts her case, and her future.

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. In order for the privileged to prosper, they come to realise, others have to suffer. Racism takes many forms, and is reinforced and underpinned by the structures of our society.

In gripping dramas like Nineteen Minutes, My Sister's Keeper and The Pact, Jodi Picoult has explored the big issues of our time through characters whose lives resonate with us. Here we see once again her unrivalled ability to immerse us in a story whose issues will linger with us long after the final page has been finished...

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Small Great Things
 
4.9

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  • Page-turner (8)
  • Well written (8)
  • Easy to read (7)
  • Engaging characters (7)
  • Informative (7)

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4.0

thoroughly enjoyed this book

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from nsw aust

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  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
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      Comments about Small Great Things:

      loved this book.so true of times then.

       
      5.0

      Another awesome read by Jodi Picoult

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      from Sydney, Australia

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      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
      • Page-Turner
      • Well Written

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        • Travel Reading

        Comments about Small Great Things:

        I really like Jodi Picoult novels. They are always exciting from the first page, unpredictable and very easy to read, this one is the first book I've read for a while and am thoroughly enjoying it.

         
        5.0

        Riveting, thought provoking,mind exercising

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        from Coffs Harbour NSW

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            Comments about Small Great Things:

            This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering how I would think had I grown up in USA

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            FANTASTIC

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            from Perth, WA

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            • Easy To Read
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              Comments about Small Great Things:

              Interesting read, thought provoking.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A book in my top reads of 2016 for sure!

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              from Willow Tree

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              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Engaging characters
              • Informative
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                Comments about Small Great Things:

                Totally engaging, compelling and just utterly amazing at how Jodi can seem to tackle any subject with a depth and knowledge that can totally encompass the reader. Just simply fantastic and will be in my top reads of 2016 for sure. Small Great Things alternates between Ruth, an African American nurse, Turk, an advocate for white supremacy and Kennedy, a very busy lawyer who takes on Ruth's case. A lot of books to do with race relations are set back in slavery time, but this book is set in modern times and totally makes you think about how we feel and see things right now. Highly recommend 5+++

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                5.0

                An excellent read.

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                from Canberra, ACT

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                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Read
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                • Informative
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                  Comments about Small Great Things:

                  A thought provoking novel, which makes one question one's own prejudices.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Another insightful view to serious social issues

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                  from Merrylands NSW

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                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Read
                  • Engaging characters
                  • Informative
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                    Comments about Small Great Things:

                    I am a mental health worker, often confronted by challenging issues! This book offered me some insights to human behaviour and attitudes.

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great

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                    from australia

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                    • Easy To Read
                    • Informative
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                      great

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                      5.0

                      moving and thought-provoking

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                      from Thirroul

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                      • Deserves Multiple Readings
                      • Easy To Read
                      • Engaging characters
                      • Informative
                      • Page-Turner
                      • Well Written

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                        • Gift
                        • Older Readers
                        • Reference
                        • Travel Reading
                        • Younger Readers

                        Comments about Small Great Things:

                        "What if the puzzle of the world was a shape you didn't fit into? And the only way to survive was to mutilate yourself, carve away your corners, sand yourself down, modify yourself to fit?"

                        Small Great Things is the 22nd adult novel by American author, Jodi Picoult. Ruth Jeffries is an experienced neonatal nurse, working in the Labour and Delivery suite at Mercy-West Haven Hospital in Connecticut. Having performed her usual checks on baby Davis Bauer, she is shocked to be told she may not have any further contact with him. Turk Bauer is a White Supremacist and determined that no black nurse is going to touch his child.

                        Notwithstanding the directive, some time later Ruth finds herself faced with a dilemma when Davis stops breathing. Despite emergency intervention, Davis dies and Turk is convinced that Ruth is responsible. When Ruth is arrested, it is Public Defender Kennedy McQuarrie who represents her for the arraignment, and helps her seventeen-year-old son organise bail. Seeing the opportunity to gain experience, Kennedy asks to be assigned to Ruth's case, a case that would normally go to someone more experienced.

                        Picoult uses three narrators: Ruth, Turk and Kennedy give the perspective of the black defendant, the White Supremacist and the privileged white lawyer who believes herself impartial to race. Characters that begin as somewhat stereotypical soon develop a depth that may surprise. Likewise, the plot that seems to be headed to a fairly predictable conclusion develops a few interesting twists. Drama and tension are relieved by the delightfully funny banter between Kennedy and her family.

                        This is a story that is packed with emotion: sorrow and grief, love and hate, guilt and shame, all guarantee some lump-in-the throat moments. Words of wisdom and insightful observations are a feature: "It is amazing how you can look in a mirror your whole life and think you are seeing yourself clearly. And then one day, you peel off a filmy gray layer of hypocrisy, an

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                        Jodi Picoult

                        Jodi Picoult, 42, is the bestselling author of fifteen novels.

                        Picoult studied creative writing with Mary Morris at Princeton, and had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine while still a student. Realism - and a profound desire to be able to pay the rent - led Picoult to a series of different jobs following her graduation: as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an 8th grade English teacher - before entering Harvard to pursue a master’s in education. She married Tim Van Leer, whom she had known at Princeton, and it was while she was pregnant with her first child that she wrote her first novel, Songs of the Humpback Whale.

                        In 2003 she was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction. She has also been the recipient an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association, sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist, one of ten books written for adults that have special appeal for young adults; the Book Browse Diamond Award for novel of the year; a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America; Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘Fearless Fiction’ Award 2007; Waterstone’s Author of the Year in the UK, a Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, a Virginia Reader’s Choice Award, the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, and a Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award.

                        Most recently, she wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are translated into thirty four languages in thirty five countries.

                        Three – The Pact, Plain Truth, and The Tenth Circle, have been made into television movies.

                        My Sister’s Keeper will premiere on June 26 in theatres from New Line Cinema, with Nick Cassavetes directing and Cameron Diaz starring.

                        She and Tim and their three children live in Hanover, New Hampshire with three Springer spaniels, two donkeys, two geese, eight ducks, five chickens, and the occasional Holstein.

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                        Praise:

                        “Somebody who’s a terrific writer who’s been very, very successful is Jodi Picoult” – Stephen King, in USA Today, 2/09

                        “Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us.” — Boston Globe

                        “If Jodi Picoult were a general, she would be Patton; if a sports franchise, the New York Yankees; if a natural phenomenon, the sunrise. Which is to say, Picoult is not merely relentless - so are allergies and colds - but exquisitely so.” —Tampa Tribune

                        “Turning the pages, all you’ll care about is what happens next. That’s the mark of pretty much every Jodi Picoult book, and it’s the reason she keeps topping best-seller lists.” —San Antonio Express News

                        “Jodi Picoult writes novels mothers and daughters can agree on even if they disagree on almost everything else.” —NY Daily News

                        “Picoult is a rare writer who delivers book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial.” —Entertainment Weekly

                        “Jodi Picoult explores dark places in perfect suburban lives. It's easy to understand her best-seller status.” —Midwest Book Review

                        “Picoult is a master in dissecting and describing the tangle of family relationships and the counterbalance of love.” —Tampa Tribune

                        “Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling ” —Book Review, AP news wire

                        “Anyone who has read any of the dozen books that prolific Jodi Picoult has released in the past 14 years knows that she is arguably the Queen of the Topical Novel.” —Miami Herald

                        “Ms. Picoult is a solid, lively storyteller.” —The New York Times

                        “Ms. Picoult has carved her own niche with her novels – one part romance, one part courtroom thriller, two parts social commentary.” —Dallas Morning News

                        “Beginning with her first book… Picoult has refused to sweat the small stuff. She's concerned with love and truth, the blurry boundary lines implied by both. She forces the reader to look, however uncomfortable the experience might be, at complacent people who discover, much too late, the sad disparity between what they thought they knew and what they know now.” — Orlando Sentinel Tribune

                        “Jodi Picoult reminds me of Sue Miller. She's a writer with literary flair who can also please the public.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

                        “Picoult makes her characters real as reality.” —Concord Monitor

                        “Her storytelling ability has established herself firmly in the ranks of highly regarded novelists, which, at age 38, is a very impressive accomplishment.... Picoult always writes with depth and clarity. She refrains from delivering the happily ever after ending to her stories, but rather presents thought-provoking questions about the human condition.” —Ocean County Observer

                        “Picoult's novels never disappoint the reader.” —Ann Hood, The Sunday Journal, (Providence, RI)

                        “Jodi Picoult is a gifted storyteller whose compelling works profoundly impact her audience.” —The Midwest Book Review

                        “Picoult is known for writing fictional page-turners that address controversial issues.” —Washington Post

                        “With a strong, topical theme, Picoult gets into the heads of her well-developed characters.” —The Daily Telegraph (Sydney Australia)

                        “Picoult has created something of a trademark.” —Courier Mail (Queensland, Australia)

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                        ISBN: 9781760110499
                        ISBN-10: 1760110493
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 480
                        Published: 12th October 2016
                        Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                        Country of Publication: AU
                        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3