From Goodreads: 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?
Freedom is the fragile neck of a daffodil, after the longest of winters. It’s the sound of your voice, without anyone drowning you out. It’s having the grace to say yes, and more important, the right to say no. At the heart of freedom, hope beats: a pulse of possibility.
~ Ruth Jefferson in Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
I wasn’t drawn to Small Great Things because of the author, and with apologies to Jodi Picoult I’ve not read many of her books. Not a fan of what many categorize as “women’s fiction” or “chick lit,” the Picoult novels I read were among her early works.
However, dodging a good book is hard to do. Harder yet to dodge a great book. Each time I looked at Small Great Things on NetGalley and read the synopsis, the book pulled at me harder. “You know you want to read this book.” “You really must read this book.” “It’s important to our current culture.” I finally weakened and requested it.
No, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it. No, I wasn’t sure it was a book I must read. It was the idea that it might be important to our world today that grabbed me.
After the Read:
In my humble opinion, Jodi Picoult has written a game changer for our times. My review isn’t going to be too specific about the story line, plot, characters, and more because I don’t want to deprive you of experiencing each word, sentence, paragraph for yourself. In short, this is a 5-star book.
Picoult approaches the subject matter of Small Great Things in such a way that we learn something. We learn who we are and how we feel about social issues and injustices. She opens our eyes to the realization that news stories could be about our family, our mother, our husband, and any of a number of relatives or friends.
As I turned the last page, I knew this book would be with me for the long-term. It was embedded on my heart and in my mind. I am troubled by what goes on in our country and our world. Jodi Picoult starts the conversation, and each reader can carry the conversation out into the community, the country, and somehow on into the world.
My husband, sensing I had finished with Small Great Things, he asked how I liked it. I said, “I’ve just read a book, I believe, that will catapult Jodi Picoult to a new level of authorship, readership, and respect among those in literary circles, universities, governments, and churches. She is not afraid to be a game changer on the social front.”
Hear what others have said about Small Great Things in this trailer, and then read the book yourself. Let’s be part of the change.
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