This months book is written by my all time favorite author, Jodi Picoult. I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Picoult during her book tour last October, at The King Arts Complex, in Columbus Ohio. She has such a sweet personality. Picoult has twenty-five novels on the New York Times best selling books list. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.
Meeting Jodi Picoult October 2016
Jodi consistantly writes her novels surrounding challenging and risky topics we deal with in the present time such as, divorce, religion, sexual abuse, gay rights, terminal illness and organ donation. Small Great Things raises the issue of racism. As with all of her writings, she did quite a bit of research for this book. She has admitted, this story was the most difficult work of her career. This is being adapted into a film, starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts. No release date has been set yet.
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.
My Rating: 5.0
As usual, Picoult’s characters are very detailed and well written. I feel like I have come to know each person by the end of the book. The main characters, Ruth, Kennedy and Turk, tell the story from their own points of view. This wonderful novel about prejudice and justice will keep you ponding what really matters.
It was no surprise I finished reading this book in two days. I’m always on an emotional roller coaster as I read through Jodi’s stories. When I’m nearing the last few pages, I want to know more and more about the characters ongoing lives. Small Great Things really opened my eyes and helped me see the way a woman of color could be living like today. I haven’t realized how privileged I am being a young, white woman. I struggled reading about Turk’s point of view, but because of his ignorance, it made me want to keep reading about Ruth and her daily struggles.
Read an excerpt from Small Great Things.
If you enjoyed this book I recommend my other personal favorites,
My Sister's Keeper,
Change of Heart and
Check out her young adult novels,
Between the Linesand the sequel,
Off the Page, Jodi co-wrote with her daughter, Samantha Van-Leer. A great fairytale to read along with your daughter.