small-great-thingsTitle: Small Great Things

Author: Jodi Picoult

Pages: 470 Pages

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

The Blurb

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.

The Review

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.

For more information regarding Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult) please visit www.jodipicoult.com.

For more information regarding Hodder and Stoughton (HodderBooks) please visit www.hodder.co.uk.

5-stars

Title: Where There’s Smoke

Author: Jodi Picoult

Pages: 41 pages

The Blurb

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is ‘a master of her craft’ (Daily Telegraph) who writes ‘elegant, spare prose with the punch of a populist thriller’ (Elle). In this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Picoult introduces Serenity Jones, one of the fascinating characters from her eagerly awaited new novel, Leaving Time.

Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she’s an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have died. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts.

When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage – to both her reputation and her show – Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.

The Review

As a huge fan of Jodi Picoult I was excited to start reading her short story Where There’s Smoke. Well, excited and a little apprehensive. You see, my favourite aspect of Pioult’s work is how she manages to change your mind throughout her stories. You go in with one solid unchangeable belief and before you know it you are siding with the antagonist. I worried how she would be able to portray this same quality in so few pages.

Fortunately, Where There’s Smoke is unlike other works by Picoult in that you do not come across this dilemma. Picoult gives you a brief insight into the world of television psychics and how their powers can be seen as both good and bad.

In her inimitable style, Picoult draws you in straight away and has you hooked and completely immersed in the world that she has created which is why she is one of the greatest writers of our time.

I cannot wait to read Leaving Time.

Where There’s Smoke by Jodi Picoult is available now.

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