Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things

By Jodi Picoult

  • Release Date - Published: 2016-10-11
  • Book Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Author: Jodi Picoult
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,986 Ratings)

Small Great Things Jodi Picoult read online review & book description:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 from Jodi Picoult.


“[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.”—Booklist (starred review)

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.

Praise for Small Great Things

Small 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.”The Washington Post

“A 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.”San Francisco Book Review

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  • An easy 5 stars

    By weekszmac
    I could not put this book down. The perspectives in this book are so well done. I hope more stories like this come from Picoult.
  • One of the best books Ive read.

    By lizettemb19
    It draws you to the characters and you find yourself wondering what will happen next every two minutes!! Jodie never disappoints!
  • Excellent book if you want to understand racism

    By LoKa M
    One of THE best books that I have read (and I belong to a book club!). As a black woman, I felt that Jodie really understood the black experience and racism. I am going to recommend this book to my book club!
  • Racism isn’t only prejudice

    By p-pot 29
    A very thought provoking book. I never really considered that my accomplishments in life came on the backs of others who never had a chance to begin my journey. A black nurse working in a white hospital is accused of murder when an infant in her care dies. The nurse had not really realized the racism around her until she was thrown to the wolves. This is A very well written book that I would highly recommend
  • Small great things

    By RozinFlotida
    The best book I have read in years.
  • Love’em

    By ADHawthorne
    Love Jodi Picoults books very eye opening with different perspectives.
  • Thought Provoking

    By Artist drake
    This novel, told from the points of view of its three main characters is both disturbing and enlightening. It shows not only how wide the gap racism creates but also how unaware many of us may be of our own racism. It is filled with surprises and events that make each of us question our own beliefs.
  • Relevant

    By BM for short
    Beautifully written. Great characters. Endearing protagonist. Very relevant and entertaining. Thought provoking.
  • Small Great Things

    By debika 1994
    Excellent! ! ! My favorite so far. She does an awesome job of portraying two diverse characters on opposite sides of a ever present issue of racism and extremist beliefs.
  • Amazing read!!

    By Kizzy Rock
    A must read!

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