small great things by Jodi Picoult

WOW. small great things is a life changing novel! It hits on SO many important topics that our world is struggling with. It has an emotional read. You will feel so many emotions… I felt anger, sadness, happiness, heartbreak…the list goes on and on. Picoult introduces us to a wide range of characters..and through incredible details/imagery, these characters will remain with us long after we have finished reading the book.


“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 novel will open your eyes, mind, and heart. Most importantly “small great things” will make you THINK! I recommend it a million times over!


GoodReads rating: 4.3

Page Count: 480


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