Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
5 Real, raw, and brilliant stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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.
This book is one of my top Reads of 2017 ……I read this book last January and it still sticks with me today, really a truly powerful story!
Jodi Picoult definitely writes books that make you think….
Not even sure where to start with this…. there is so much I want to say, but I don’t want to ruin it for anybody…
The story was told from three different POVs… Ruth a nurse…. Kennedy A lawyer….. and Turk The white supremacist…
I think the author did a good job with this, a good job of showing where everybody was coming from… The characters were extremely well developed and for obvious reasons not all of them were likable…. it’s not always easy to give a voice to a character most people will hate, but I really think this was done very well….
Ruth was always trying so hard to be perfect…. to be excepted…. I don’t think she realize this, she never really took the time to embrace who she really was… I really had so much compassion for Ruth, I just wanted to give the girl a hug! I wanted to tell her how amazing she was and that she definitely was more than good enough!
Kennedy was very idealistic…. chose to believe like a lot of us do that she did not see color….. her intentions were so good, but I don’t always think she saw the world as it truly can be…..
turk was just filled with so much hate and so much anger…. I had a very hard time feeling any sympathy for him…. hate it just seems like such a waste of energy to me, it is just something I will never understand…
I found a lot of aspects of the court case very interesting… especially jury selection, I always find that very fascinating… all the psychology that goes into selecting the jury, especially in a case like this….
every part of this book was just so perfect… the beginning… the middle… and the end… I just would recommend it to everybody, it is eye-opening and real…..
On a personal and emotional level this hit me I grew up in a multi racial family… of my siblings I am the only one that is white…. and even though I definitely did not grow up prejudiced… I was always aware of people’s differences, because even though we grew up in the same house…in the same Socio economic situation…. we were not always treated the same… I will never know what it is like to be anything but white… but at a young age I recognized somethings were a bit easier for me because I was…. that is the unfortunate reality…. and this book just did a very good job of explaining and portraying that…. I strongly recommend this book to everybody!
Fabulous audiobook narration! This book won the 2017 Audie award for best multi narrator performance🏆
Definitely well deserved!
Audra McDonald gave the perfect voice to Ruth … Cassandra Campbell who is always perfect, was perfect as Kennedy…Ari Fliakos did wonderful as usual, even performing the part of a much hated character! I would more than strongly recommend this book on audio!