Warning! This is not a happy-feel-good post! But it’s worth the read!
First and foremost, let me say this post will not do this book justice. Jodi Picoult wrote this book so eloquently and with such a thought provoking narrative that I found it down right uncomfortable to read. Sometimes the things that make us uncomfortable are the things that have the greatest impact. “Small Great Things” will be a book that sticks with me for years to come. Jodi never ceases to amaze me with her writing but she showcases a whole new level of talent with this book. Here is a synopsis of her book courtesy of 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?
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.”
Normally I fly through books. I pick one up and within two days I’m done and have moved on to the next one. Not the case with this novel. I had to read this book one chapter at a time while reading something lighter in between. Though this book is a work of fiction, it absolutely mirrors current events happening in our Country.
A quote that really stuck out to me is said by Ruth. “You say you don’t see color…but that’s all you see. You’re so hyperaware of it and of trying to look like you aren’t prejudiced, you can’t even understand that when you say race doesn’t matter all I hear is you dismissing what I’ve felt, what I’ve lived, what it’s like to be put down because of the color of my skin.”
Unfortunately, I believe this rings true for many of us. We like to believe we live in a perfect world and say racism doesn’t exist anymore but the truth is many of our friends and family deal with it every day. Many of us know people with either blatant or hidden prejudices against others. The past few months have highlighted many of these people. That is the beauty of this book. It really forces you to evaluate who you are and what you believe and shows what flaws you have in your ways of thinking without even knowing they are there.
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. —BENJAMIN FRANKLIN”
“Small Great Things” was an absolute eye opener for me and I highly suggest EVERYONE read this. Odds are, it will make you cry, cringe, and rethink everything you have seen and been taught your whole life. I appreciate and respect any story that helps me understand things that I know nothing about. This novel did just that, so it gets a full bar on my Read-o-Meter! Do yourselves a favor and read it. Get the book here
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Thanks for reading everyone!
Spread joy and peace and love one another. ♥