Small Great Things: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2016-10-11
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Jodi Picoult
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â¢ With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner fromÂ Jodi Picoult.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
â[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.ââBooklist (starred review)
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty yearsâ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that sheâs been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and donât 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 Kennedyâs counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her familyâespecially her teenage sonâas the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each otherâs trust, and come to see that what theyâve been taught their whole lives about othersâand themselvesâmight be wrong.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassionâand doesnât offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.
Praise for Small Great Things
âSmall Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . [and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.ââThe Washington Post
âA novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today . . . a fantastic read from beginning to end, as can always be expected from Picoult, this novel maintains a steady, page-turning pace that makes it hard for readers to put down.ââSan Francisco Book Review
âA gripping courtroom drama . . . Given the current political climate it is quite prescient and worthwhile. . . . This is a writer who understands her characters inside and out.ââRoxane Gay, The New York Times Book Review
âI couldnât put it down. Her best yet!ââNew York TimesÂ bestselling author Alice Hoffman
âA compelling, canât-put-it-down drama with a trademark [Jodi] Picoult twist.ââGood Housekeeping
âItâs Jodi Picoult, the prime provider of literary soul food. This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice.ââRedbook
âJodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and inÂ Small Great Things, she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. . . . This page-turner is perfect for book clubs.ââPopsugar