A #1 New York Times Bestseller
An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for October 2016
An October 2016 LibraryReads Pick
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.
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 riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice.RedbookJodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in 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.PopsugarA 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. New York Times Book Review “Will challenge her readers…[and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice."Washington Post
“A novel that puts its finger on the very pulse of the nation that we live in today.”San Francisco Book Review[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)
“Three narrators portray the diverse perspectives of Picoult’s three main characters. Audra McDonald portrays Ruth, an African-American nurse who is facing murder charges following the death of a newborn. McDonald voices Ruth’s deep-seated belief in the good of others as well as her shaken faith in a way that is both engaging and heartbreaking. Ari Fliakos depicts Turk, the baby’s father and a white supremacist. Fliakos humanizes Turk even at his worst, though it is often difficult to listen to his ignorance. The discomfort he creates in the listener makes the story more powerful. Cassandra Campbell perfectly captures Kennedy, a white public defender who takes on Ruth’s case, channeling her own frustration and naïveté as she comes to recognize her power and privilege. As always, Picoult asks hard social questions.”
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Genre: Fiction
- ISBN-13: 9780735210172