Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

This week’s review is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all my books a shot. There are a few ways I find new books to read: Goodreads, my two book clubs, friends’ recommendations, and browsing the internet. My favorite author is Greg Iles, and the books I am most interested in reading are nonfiction books about the Holocaust.

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Small Great Things

This was another book off my book club’s reading list. One of my friends reads many of Jodi Picoult’s book and received Small Great Things as a Christmas present. I was excited to read one of her books and see which theme she was addressing.


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About the book

Taken from the Amazon website:

“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.

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About the Author

Taken from Goodreads:

“Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-three novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Between the Lines, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.”

 

My Thoughts

It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. I was a little disappointed because I heard great things about the author’s writing. This story was okay, but drawn out. the characters were only so-so without much personality or depth. The subject matter is difficult, but she did it well. It was worth sticking it out to the end. The author’s note was insightful, too, and the subject does need to be exposed under a light. Overall, an okay book.

Conclusion

I gave this book 3 out of five stars.

 

 

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