Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Published: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Ruth Jefferson has been a labor and delivery nurse for more than twenty years. During her shift, she begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she is being 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 room. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?
She hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime.
Kennedy McQuarrie is a white public defender and takes Ruth’s case. She tells Ruth that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s advice, 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 might be wrong.
I can’t express enough how much I loved this book! It was not only well written, but it was also a remarkable story! I spent all my free time wrapped up in this book. I cried for Ruth for the horrible things she had to endure because of the color of her skin. I cheered Kennedy on when she went to fight for Ruth. I got angry at the parents of the newborn for their pure hatred. Picoult did a great job of engaging your emotions.
I have recommended this book to a few people and will continue to do so. I know that this will be a book that I will reread in a couple of years. Picoult did it again and this is why she is one of my favorite, most read authors.