Friday, February 17, 2017

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is my favorite author and has been for the last ten years. I was excited to read her latest book. At the start of this book I was nervous I would like it. There are three narrators and one of them was a White Supremacist.  Reading from his perspective was difficult and I was nervous I would be able to get through this book. Picoult is famous for taking a controversial issue and showing both sides. I wasn't sure how she would do that with such an awful unrelatable narrator but Picoult is the best for a reason. I ended up enjoying this book and thought she did a beautiful job trying to capture a difficult subject.

Amazon 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

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