Title: Small Great Things
Author: Jodi Picoult
Pages: 470 Pages
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father.
What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.
Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us.
It is about opening your eyes.
I love books by Jodi Picoult. I have never read a book by her that I haven’t raved about. What I like most is that you will start reading the book with a clear cut, tunnel vision view about what is right and what is wrong and then half way through you have the rug pulled from under your feet.
Small Great Things is no different. The story focuses on race relations in America and whilst reading this book I couldn’t get over just how relevant it was especially in these troubled political times.
The novel focuses on Ruth Jefferson, a seasoned neo-natal nurse who is taken off a case because she is black and the parents of the baby are white supremacists. Straight away you are sucked into a world of racial tension, white privilege and the unfairness of prejudice.
I can honestly say that I was scared to review a Jodi Picoult book because I know that I cannot verbalise my love for her writing in an adequate way. No words I have will do her work justice. In this assumption I was right. Quite simply, Small Great Things blew me away. It is Picoult at her finest and her most contentious.
If you only read one book this year make it Small Great Things.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is available from 22nd November 2016.
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