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Genre: Adult Fiction | Women’s Fiction | Realistic Fiction | African American Literary Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books | Penguin Random House
Publication Date: 2016
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Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult Summary:
“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.”Ballantine Books
About Small Great Things Author, Jodi Picoult:
Jodi Picoult is a New York Times bestselling author, recipient of the Hale award, and was ranked in the top ten of Princeton’s living alumni in 2018. She writes both adult and young adult books, has won numerous prestigious writing awards, and currently resides in New Hampshire with her family. Read more about Jodi Picoult here.
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