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Small Great Things

por Jodi Picoult

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A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned -- they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear.… (mais)
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I don’t usually read Jodi Picoult. I don’t like sad, and most of hers are. But I kept hearing about Small Great Things, so I decided to give it a go, and I am so glad I did! It’s not an easy read. It’s powerful, it’s heart wrenching, it is real. It will really make you step back and take a look inside yourself. It is a book I will think about for a long time. ( )
  mjphillips | Feb 23, 2024 |
Excellent book. One of the best I’ve read in the last 5 years. I know it’ll stick with me for a while. It has great character and storyline development while also teaching a lesson in humility, humanity, and racism (how we all contribute to it). I learned a lot and will be glad to do some work to improve our culture. ( )
  Caspaulding | Feb 15, 2024 |
KIRKUS REVIEWIn Picoult?s (Leaving Time, 2014, etc.) latest novel, Ruth Jefferson, a labor and delivery nurse, struggles to survive claims of murdering a patient while keeping her own family intact.Picoult has made a name for herself crafting novels of depth and insight, peopled with rich characters and relationships. Here, she explores the intersection of racial bias, medicine, and the law. African-American Ruth Jefferson has been a labor and delivery nurse for more than 20 years, and she's the kind of professional every patient dreams of: she genuinely cares for her patients and takes joy in seeking out ways she can help themwhether it be a back rub or an epidural. But Ruth is completely thrown when a newborn baby?s parents, both white supremacists, demand that she be removed from their care team because they don't want a black person touching their child. In a moment of deliberate plot maneuvering, Ruth is left as the sole nurse on the child?s floor, and the baby goes into cardiac arrest and dies. Ruth, accused of hesitating before performing CPR, is charged with murder. There's no question that Picoult is a talented writer. The plot is suspenseful, the structure and pacing exquisite. But there is also no question that writing a story from the perspective of a black woman requires more racial consciousness than she displays here. At times the plot feels more like an intellectual exercise to understand racism than an organic exploration of a real person's life. The voice is that of a nonblack person discovering all at once that racism exists rather than that of a black person who has lived with racism her whole life. Picoult has drawn upon every black stereotype available: here is the black single mother, the angry black woman, the mammy, the maid, the teenage "thug," the exceptional token, and the grandstanding preacher. Alternating among the points of view of Ruth; the white supremacist father, Turk Bauer; and Ruth?s lawyer, Kennedy McQuarrie, Picoult is at her best when she lets the novel solidify into Kennedy?s narrative, the tale of a white woman who thinks she's more liberal than she actually is. It's Kennedy's journey of coming to terms with her own racist relatives and white privilege, as she realizes, for the first time, the pervasiveness of American racism, that is the real story here¥and the novel would have been stronger if it had been written from this perspective throughout.After she sets up a world in which racism thoroughly defines every aspect of character and plot, Picoult's conclusion occurs in a separate fairy-tale world where racism suddenly does not exist, resulting in a rather juvenile portrayal of racial politics in America.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
I learned a lot from this book about the ins and outs of racial prejudice, the practice of law, and , most interesting, the world of white supremacy. The first 80% of the book was compelling, and then it began to fall apart during what I would describe as a contrived and convenient conclusion. And then, in the afterword, I learned that the ending was based on actual outcomes of the cases that formed the storylines of the book. Still, while it was definitely worth reading, the last pages rang false... 4 stars ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
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Gripping. Powerful. A story that needs to be told. From two different perspectives. One that is almost unbearable to read. Actually, both are very difficult to read, but in different ways. One character's life makes you think not only of her outlook but forces you to truly take an introspective look. From another's viewpoint as well as how you look at the world. While you are reading it, it is hard to imagine that it was written by a white, female author. Jodi Picoult’s SMALL GREAT THINGS. This book is so riveting as it strikes a chord. Given the state of race relations in our country, the story is all the more haunting. To say that the issue of racial inequality has actually taken a turn for the worse, would be an understatement. The disparity in everyday life. I found myself doubting things that I have said, whom I may have inadvertently hurt or offended with no malicious intent. Reading this book made me sick to my stomach. But I read on. It is important. Picoult is trying to get a message across. Please don't misunderstand, I was enthralled by the book. The story is passionate, intense, and portrays a deep struggle, which you want to read.
My heart breaks for the characters in this book, but that made me want to read it even more. I am very behind the ball with books this year. It seems that I should have taken this book and read it the day it was released. The story is about a nurse, no ordinary nurse, but one who is dedicated and well regarded, with a twenty-year career at the hospital where ‘the incident’ occurs. A husband and wife have just had their first baby. When the nurse comes into their room, to take over the shift of another labor and delivery nurse, upon seeing her, the parents, who are white supremacists, see that she is black and immediately request to see her supervisor, whom they tell, in no uncertain terms, that this woman is not to touch their baby. What unfolds next is a devastating. Both of their lives take a turn neither could have predicted. The story is told from both sides. Heartbreak from the nurse’s and mistrust of everyone she encounters. She has noticed this before or rather, has worked hard to rise above it, but now it is all surfacing and cannot be ignored. The extremely racist man is angered to the point of revenge and his wife is shattered and taken to bed and depression.

I have no desire to spoil the story for anyone, if however, you haven’t read it I suggest you read it. Some books make you think. Some books turn you to a fantasy world. Some books make you step outside of yourself and think how others feel. SMALL GREAT THINGS makes you think, step outside of yourself, take another's perspective, and re-think your beliefs, and step outside of the fantasy world you have been living in, where all people are treated equally. It is both disturbing, heartbreaking and enlightening. I love how this book opens your mind opens your heart and makes you want to see change in the world we live in.
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  b00kdarling87 | Jan 7, 2024 |
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