loved this book.so true of times then.
'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...
loved this book.so true of times then.
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.
This book had me on the edge of my seat wondering how I would think had I grown up in USA
Coffs Harbour NSW Australia
Interesting read, thought provoking.
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+++
Willow Tree NSW
A thought provoking novel, which makes one question one's own prejudices.
I am a mental health worker, often confronted by challenging issues! This book offered me some insights to human behaviour and attitudes.
Raynor a dedicated reader
"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
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 12th October 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3