Small great things : a novel
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- ISBN: 9780345544957
- ISBN: 0345544951
- ISBN: 9780425286012
- ISBN: 0425286010
- ISBN: 9780345544964
470 pages ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 
|General Note:||New York Times Best Seller List.|
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||Includes bibliographical references (pages 469-470).|
|Summary, etc.:||"This stunning new novel is Jodi Picoult at her finest--complete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a page-turning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart. 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 Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time "A riveting drama."--Us Weekly "[A] moving tale."--People "A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery."--USA Today "Poignant. an entertaining story about parental love, friendship, loss."--The Washington Post"--|
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Publishers Weekly Review
Small Great Things
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Bestselling author Picoult's latest page-turner is inspired by a Flint, Mich., event in which a white supremacist father refused to allow an experienced African-American labor and delivery nurse to touch his newborn. In Picoult's story, a medical crisis results in an infant's death and a murder charge against a black nurse named Ruth Jefferson. The story unfolds from three viewpoints: Ruth's, the infant's father-a skinhead named Turk-and Ruth's public defender, Kennedy McQuarrie, a white professional woman questioning her own views about racism. The author's comprehensive research brings veracity to Ruth's story as a professional black woman trying to fit into white society, to Turk's inducement into the white-power movement, and to Kennedy's soul-searching about what it's like to be black in America. Unfortunately, the author undermines this richly drawn and compelling story with a manipulative final plot twist as well as a Pollyannaish ending. Some may be put off by the moralistic undertone of Picoult's tale, while others will appreciate the inspiration it provides for a much-needed conversation about race and prejudice in America. (Oct.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Small Great Things
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*Starred Review* Immensely popular novelist Picoult (Leaving Time, 2014) continues to tackle weighty subject matter in her twenty-fourth novel. Ruth Jefferson, a widow with a teenage son, is a labor and delivery nurse and the only African American in her department. When the infant son of two white supremacists, Turk and Brittany Bauer, who have specifically asked that Ruth not handle their child, dies suddenly, Ruth is blamed for the child's death by both the hospital and the child's parents. In quick succession, Ruth loses her license, is dragged from her home by the police in the middle of the night, and is charged with murder. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white female public defender, takes Ruth's case, but her refusal to bring up race in Ruth's defense doesn't sit right with Ruth, given that race is ingrained in the case's DNA, from the Bauers' hateful views to Ruth's supervisor's acquiescence to their demands to Ruth's experience once in the cogs of the justice system. Picoult's gripping tale is told from three points of view, that of Ruth, Kennedy, and Turk, and 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACK STORY: Picoult's gift for taking on sensitive and timely issues in page-turning novels will be duly and energetically celebrated in a many-platformed national publicity campaign.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2016 Booklist
Library Journal Review
Small Great Things
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Picoult's timely story, loosely based on a real incident in Flint, MI, is told in alternating chapters from the main characters' points of view. Ruth is a very experienced African American OB/GYN nurse, but when white supremacists Turk and Brittany Bauer come to the hospital to deliver their baby, Ruth is forbidden to touch it. Several days later, the Bauers return, their baby now in respiratory distress. Since Ruth is the only nurse on call, she gives the infant CPR, but he dies anyway. Ruth is arrested and charged with murder. Narrator Audra McDonald captures Ruth's voice beautifully, while Ari Fliakos makes the repulsive Turk a three-dimensional character. Cassandra Campbell completes the cast as Ruth's lawyer. Picoult creates deep characters and a fully nuanced story; however, the ending wraps up way too neatly. Ultimately, though, Picoult should be commended for trying to address racism in a contemporary setting. VERDICT Don't read this title, listen to it. Three excellent narrators bring to life Picoult's story of racism in contemporary America. Highly recommended. ["Recommended for Picoult fans and book clubs that don't shy away from serious discussions": LJ 9/1/16 review of the Ballantine hc.]-Judy Murray, Monroe Cty. Lib. Syst., MI Â© Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.