Small Great Things

Small Great Things

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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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 #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult. "[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) 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 Small Great Things"I couldn't put it down. Her best yet!"--New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman "A compelling, can't-put-it-down drama with a trademark [Jodi] Picoult twist."--Good Housekeeping "It's Jodi Picoult, the prime provider of literary soul food. This riveting drama is sure to be supremely satisfying and a bravely thought-provoking tale on the dangers of prejudice."--Redbook "Jodi 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."--PopsugarFrom the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780735210189
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (16 hr., 2 min., 33 sec.)) : digital
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Feb 13, 2019

Difficult to read at times, but important. It makes you think about our world today.

ArapahoeChristineS Sep 19, 2018

Powerful and thought provoking. Told from the perspective of 3 culturally diverse people, this unsettling portrait of overt and unconscious racism left me needing time for quiet introspection. This would be the perfect for a book club.

Dec 21, 2017

This is one of my all time favorite books. I recommended it to several of my friends - most of them are nurses and they too loved it. Very realistic plot.

ArapahoeMaryA Sep 01, 2017

In this well-intentioned novel, Picoult explores racism in contemporary America. She weaves an interesting story and, along the way, she nudges her readers toward self-examination.

Dec 16, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook it was one of the audio books I hear in my car, and continued to take into my home and listen to it.
It was interesting and held my attention, that I continued listening to it on my home audio system.
Book is about the real life challenges of discrimination and those who are discriminated against cannot make others understand totally how bad it and how wide spread it is.

The main character goes out of her way to take a chance on perhaps what could have been life destroying risk to expose racism & its attached discrimination to what it is and to how the discriminated react to it.
Shows how racial discrimination is subtle and practiced right across the world in the guise of doing their jobs. Also shows how those discriminated against cope with it in terms of those terrified by it, those fighting against it, both religiously & culturally.
Strongly recommended, besides being good reading or listening it had some deep lessons for all.


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ArapahoeMaryA Sep 01, 2017

It is amazing how you can look in a mirror your whole life and think you are seeing yourself clearly. And then one day, you peel off a filmy gray layer of hypocrisy, and you realize you’ve never truly seen yourself at all... if our legacy is not entitlement, it must be hope. Because if it’s not, then we become the shiftless, the wandering, the conquered. We become what they think we are.


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