Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
Editor: Random House LCC US
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1 NEW YORK TIMES best-seller – Richly layered character sets and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Little Big Things, this is Jodi Picoult’s amazing new page-turner.BIENTÔT UN film “[Picoult] proposes a reflection on racism in America today, both manifest and subtle.His many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving a bookRuth Jefferson is a labor and childbirth nurse at Connecticut Hospital with over twenty years of experience.During her shift, Ruth begins a routine check-up on a newborn baby, only to be told a few minutes later, she was reassigned to another patient.Parents are white supremacist and do not want Ruth, who is African-American, to touch their child.The hospital complies with their request, but the next day the baby is in cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery.Does it obey orders or does it involveRuth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crimeWhite public defender Kennedy McQuarrie takes his case, but advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategyIn conflict with Kennedy’s lawyer, Ruth tries to keep her family’s life as normal as possible-especially her teenage son, the case becomes a sensation in the media.As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they have learned all their lives about each other and themselves-maybe wrong.With incredible empathy, intelligence and candour, Jodi Picoult approaches race, privilege, prejudice, justice and compassion-and offers no easy answers.Petites Grandes Grandes Choses is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of his game.Praise
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