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Small Great Things

The bestselling novel you won't want to miss

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The best books make you see differently. This is one of them. The eye-opening new novel from Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility.

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.


From Publishers Weekly

29 August 2016 – Bestselling author Picoult's latest page-turner is inspired by a Flint, Mich., event in which a white supremacist father refused to allow an experienced African-American labor and delivery nurse to touch his newborn. In Picoult's story, a medical crisis results in an infant's death and a murder charge against a black nurse named Ruth Jefferson. The story unfolds from three viewpoints: Ruth's, the infant's father a skinhead named Turk and Ruth's public defender, Kennedy McQuarrie, a white professional woman questioning her own views about racism. The author's comprehensive research brings veracity to Ruth's story as a professional black woman trying to fit into white society, to Turk's inducement into the white-power movement, and to Kennedy's soul-searching about what it's like to be black in America. Unfortunately, the author undermines this richly drawn and compelling story with a manipulative final plot twist as well as a Pollyannaish ending. Some may be put off by the moralistic undertone of Picoult's tale, while others will appreciate the inspiration it provides for a much-needed conversation about race and prejudice in America.

Customer Reviews

Couldn't put it down

This is one of the best books I have read in years. Powerful, beautiful and insightful . Jodie writes about racism in this modern age with honesty wrapped up in a gripping storyline. This book is thought provoking and challenging, I can't think of anyone who would not enjoy reading it.
My only complaint is that the book ended.

wow. it’s the best book i’ve ever read

could not put this book down! it was a real page turner, i couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. it has so many shocking twists you don’t see coming. i don’t want to give anything away, just trust me and read it.

Wonderfully Written

I really enjoyed reading this book. The author has done a brilliant job with a very hard to describe topic. Wonderfully written and the characters are so well described and believable. My only criticism is that I felt the ending was rushed. It just all happened a bit too quickly with such a long build up. Lovely book though and will read more from this author again.

Small Great Things
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  • £4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: 22 November 2016
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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