Thought-provoking look at race relations and their effect. Heart-wrenching story of a labor and delivery nurse accused in the death of a newborn. Excellent storytelling from multiple perspectives, a page-turner. This topic is timely and important.— Karen
October 2016 Indie Next List
“Picoult can be relied upon to find the themes that are most important to our national conversation and then to explore them with wit, warmth, and skill. In Small Great Things, she illuminates the racial divide in our country through the vivid stories of a black nurse, a white supremacist, and the public defender who intervenes when the worst happens. This excellent, timely novel is sure to be loved by Picoult's fans and is certain to create new ones.”
— Michael Herrmann (W), Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, NH
A woman is caught in a gripping moral dilemma that resonates far beyond her place in time and history in #1"New York Times"bestseller Jodi Picoult's latest novel.
A young woman and her husband, admitted to hospital to have a baby, request that their nurse be reassigned--they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into the courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.
About the Author
JODI PICOULT is the author of twenty-three novels, including "Leaving Time" and the #1 "New York Times" bestsellers" Sing You Home," "House Rules," "Handle With Care," " Change of Heart," "Nineteen Minutes," and" My Sister's Keeper." Follow her on Twitter @jodipicoult, or visit her website jodipicoult.com. The author lives in Hanover, NH.