Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
I absolutely always enjoy Jodi Picoult’s writing. There is not one book of Jodi’s I could say a bad word about.
When I knew this story involved discrimination, social injustice, the joy that comes with having a baby and then losing a baby. It really made me think, is this a book for me? Well of course it was. I believe in the truth no matter who is in the right or wrong.
When books are told from different perspectives it gives the reader so much more insight into the book and its characters. This book gives three perspectives from the following characters.
Ruth Jefferson is an African-American labour and delivery nurse with more than twenty years’ experience.
Turk is a proud white supremacist. Turk and Brittany Baur are the parents of the baby, Davis.
Kennedy McQuarrie is a white female public defender “who doesn’t see colour”.
Ruth being African-American has hasn’t been an issue, until the day that her shift brings her to do a routine check up on Brittany and Turk’s newborn baby. Turk is not happy at having an African-American looking after his family and requests that Ruth is not allowed to touch their baby, in which the hospital complies. The next day, the nurse who is caring for the baby is called away because of an emergency with another one of her patients. Ruth is the only other nurse who is free and so she takes charge of Davis. Suddenly, she finds that Davis unexpectedly stops breathing. Ruth is torn between instinct and following orders. Despite her efforts in the end to save Davis, he passes away. The parents then blame Ruth for their son’s death which sets the events of the remainder of the novel in motion.
Kennedy McQuarrie takes Ruth’s case but insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Ruth is very conflicted by Kennedy’s suggestions about the case. Ruth who is a strong woman and a single mother tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family, as the case becomes a media sensation. Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust through the trail and they need to see what is right in front of them, and see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others and themselves might be wrong.
Will Ruth end up in prison for the murdering an innocent baby, or will she be acquitted?
This book will provoke a lot of emotions from the readers, some will agree with Jodi Picoult’s writing of this story others will disagree with her.
I would highly recommend this book. I believe this book may open the eyes of some of the readers to how racial they might be without realising it.
See you in the next chapter.
It is amazing all the different covers for this one book. Which one do you have?
I have the second one.