Read of the Month – Small Great Things
Small Great Things first came to my attention when I was having a look at Richard and Judy’s book list. I love Jodi Picoult’s style and knew that I would that I was in for a good read!
Having not read the back cover or anything about this book other than it was a must read, I dived straight in to chapter 1 and the introduction to her first character, Ruth – a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. Ruth’s shift starts like every other, until she meets Turk and Britney, parents of new baby Davis who was born on the maternity wing before her shift.
Turk and Britney 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. Ruth has been explicitly told not to treat the infant but does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Each chapter of this story is told by a different character and the anger, vulnerability and the views of the world are very cleverly told. It’s a powerful script that makes you stop and think about your own perceptions on life and the whole situation.
Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion. Ruth, Turk, Britney and lawyer Kennedy take a rollercoaster of a journey that unites and divides them all.
Who really wins at the end? I’m not sure anyone does but I can tell you that they have all lost something.
Small Great Things is a remarkable read and I would urge anyone who hasn’t read it to do so. I don’t think you’d be disappointed.
Next month’s read is Girl. Missing by Sophie McKenzie