Review Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult – Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been 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 nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, 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—and themselves—might be wrong.
With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.
Review Small Great Things By Jodi Picoult – I think Jodi Picoult did a good job writing for this novel. Writing on the issue of racism is not an easy thing to do. In the end, everyone will come up with different views on this book. But if we give more thought to it, we will see that Jodi Picoult has presented us a really heart-breaking story. It makes you sad and feel that life is not fair.
The story of Small Great Things started at Hospital in West Haven, CT, where Ruth Jefferson worked as an L&D nurse. Her twenty years’ experience had tought her that she ought to help anyone, regardless of their skin color. But race was a controversial issue at that time. Especially when new parents, Turk and Brit, were a couple of white supremacists. They did not want Ruth to touch their newly-born baby boy Davis, because she was African American.
Ruth humbly accepted their request, but the next day, the baby had breathing difficulties. She knew that the baby needed her help, but she would not dare to intervene. In that difficult situation, Ruth decided to gave instructions to an apprentice nurse to help Davis. Unfortunately, the baby’s condition got worse and he died. I feel very resentful towards Turk and Brit who blamed Ruth and then sued her.
For me, this event is really unfair and painful. To make it worse, the hospital did not lift a finger to help Ruth because they would not want to tarnish their reputation. And the saddest part was Ruth could not afford a lawyer, until Kennedy McQuarrie came to her rescue and became her public defender. It is this character who was determined to keep Ruth from being jailed.
Throughout the story I felt sympathetic toward Ruth and only had resentment for Turk and Brit. This is not an easy story to tell, but the characters’ points of view are presented perfectly. In some parts you can’t help but feel pain when Ruth seemed like a character who had no support around her.
I heard this novel has been the subject of debates. We also can not deny that racial issues take place everywhere. So rather than involve ourselves in endless arguments, why not pick up this book and immerse yourself in this moving story.
I think : You Can Buy Or Just Borrow It
Page length : 534 pages
Publisher / date : Random House LCC US, Imprint Ballantine Books Inc, 11 Apr 2017
- Touch the heart
- Just finish it
For some reason; but too often makes the reader like a character and hates other characters.