It’s the holidays and time to curl up with a great novel. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite novelists and Small Great Things is one of her best stories yet. The book follows Ruth Jefferson, an African-American labor & delivery nurse. When a white supremacist couple forbid her from touching their baby, Ruth fails to begin CPR and the baby dies. As a result, she is charged with murder and assigned a white public defender named Kennedy McQuarrie.
Interwoven with the trial is the story of the white supremacists’ hatred, Ruth’s realization that her skin color is more significant than she’s admitted, and the lawyer questioning if avoiding the race issue is truly helping her client. The book is sad, horrifying, gripping, and beautifully written. It also provides an interesting perspective about racial relations in the United States. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, both for the complexity of the story and for its insight into the role of race in society.
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