Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE"[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this to...


Details Small Great Things

TitleSmall Great Things
ISBN9780345544971
Author
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary
Rating

Reviews Small Great Things

  • Emily May
    2016-10-10
    “The State just sees a dead baby. They’re targeting you because they think you failed as a nurse.”“You’re wrong.” I shake my head in the darkness, and I say the words I’ve swallowed down my whole life. “They’re targeting me because I’m Black." 3 1/2 stars. I have some issues with the ending, but otherwise Small Great Things is such a pageturner. It's the kind of book you can easily stay up until 2am to finish (even without th...
  • Tracey
    2016-09-22
    I have tried to write this review several times. I guess I have a lot of thoughts about this novel.My first thought is that Jodi Picoult did not write this for me. I don't know what the demographic is for Ms. Picoult's novels but being a book person for a long time and having been to a couple of her book readings, I think I can make a pretty accurate guess at the demographic that buys her novels. So this is a novel that was written for white wome...
  • Deanna
    2016-10-14
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...I could probably write a twelve page review on everything I want to talk about from this book, everything I learned from this book. However, my reviews are long as it is so I will try my best to keep it short (well...shorter than twelve pages).I have read every book by Jodi Picoult and they all make me think. As I've said before I always learn something too. But I feel like t...
  • Elyse
    2016-07-08
    THIS REVIEW IS SAFE TO READ ......NO SPOILERS. There is nothing in this review which isn't already suggested in the blurb. I begin with an excerpt: "Suddenly Roarke Matthews is standing in front of me. His suit is ironed with knife-edge pleats, his shoes are buffed to a high gloss. He looks like a soapopera star, except his nose is a off-kilter, like he broke it playing football in high school. He holds out a hand to greet me. "Mr. Bauer, he says...
  • Melissa
    2016-10-12
    4.5 starsThis is an incredibly heavy read—one that’s told with brutal honesty and a lot of heart.My initial reaction after I read the final page of the story—why would she choose to end things on that note? After all of the hate and uncomfortable feelings throughout this story, how could things ever possibly be wrapped up in such a way? Never. No way. I wasn’t buying it. Then, I read the earnest note from the author following the story an...
  • Tianna
    2016-11-18
    I have so much to say about how terrible this book is. I hated it. I hated it so much idk how I even finshed it. I don't think I've ever rolled my eyes this much while reading a book.I am a black female medical student. The whole premise of this book is completely wrong. There is no way any medical professional was allowing a supervisor's rule prevent them from saving a patient in an emergency. We swear to do no harm and to act in the benefit of ...
  • Angela M
    2016-09-28
    This is a powerful book, bold in some ways , as we have a white author bringing to us a story depicting what racism looks like and trying to tell those of us who are not black, what it feels like . But anyone who has read any of Jodi Picoult's books knows that she doesn't shy away from difficult to discuss topics. I don't think very often about white supremacists . Maybe because there hasn't been much about them in the news on a regular basis (un...
  • Lola Reviewer
    2016-10-09
    AVAILABLE NOW!!Look up at the dark sky. See those stars? They all belong to Small Great Things.The Small Great Things at the end is not the same Small Great Things it is at the beginning, meaning that so much is happening, so much is revealed that there’s no way to read the first chapter and predict the rest of the story.Small Great Things has come a long way. So has Kennedy. So has Turk. So has Ruth. So has Edison. So has the world.That’s ho...
  • Brina
    2016-12-31
    Jodi Picoult has been a best selling author for over twenty years. Twenty years ago she wanted to discuss a hot button issue but did not feel like she had the platform to do so. About a year ago, Picoult read where a black female nurse in Flint, Michigan had been dismissed by a white supremacist patient over skin color. Feeling that the time was right to discuss race, Picoult used this court case as a basis for Small Great Things, her current bes...
  • Debbie
    2016-10-03
    Oh dear, sigh sigh. I’m sad I didn't like this book more--I so wanted to. Lots of friends love Picoult, so I feel sort of like an alien, one standing at alert, with her handy but annoying Complaint Board right here front and center.The story line drew me right in. A black labor and delivery nurse is accused by a white supremacist of murdering his newborn, and a very sympathetic and determined lawyer defends her. All three—Ruth the nurse, Turk...
  • Will Byrnes
    2016-11-10
    …every baby is born beautiful.It’s what we project on them that makes them ugly. A drop of water is a tiny thing. Only a twentieth of a gram. It takes almost six hundred drops to make an ounce, and a hundred twenty eight ounces to make a gallon. That gallon is eight pounds of weight. You can feel the weight of water when you stand on the beach and try to hold your place as waves push you back. It takes only six inches of moving water to take ...
  • Jen
    2017-03-18
    I had a heavy heart starting this and it got that much heavier as I read. As much as it was not uplifting, there were moments of beauty here that made my heart swell.This is a story about racism told from 3 perspectives: A black nurse not sure what choice to make; A skinhead who is sure of his choices; a defense attorney who is questioning her own choices.A tough theme that still exists, sadly, in our culture. It's about justice - or injustice - ...
  • Susanne Strong
    2017-04-23
    4.5 StarsSmall Great Things. Powerful. Thought-Provoking. Heartbreaking. Ruth Jefferson is an L&D Nurse with 20 years of experience, working at a Hospital in West Haven, CT. She gets along well with all of her colleagues and all of her patients love her - that is until she assists Turk Bauer and his wife Brit with their new baby Davis. Turk and Brit are White Supremacists and they don't want Ruth touching their baby because she is black. Due to t...
  • Lori
    2016-10-08
    This was a 'beast' of a novel for me... not in the sense that it was long, but in that it was a difficult topic. I, like Picoult, think of myself as not discriminating in how I treat people, however, the issues this novel raises had me questioning that. A very thought provoking novel that I think people need to read. As uncomfortable as it may be, these issues need to be raised and reflected on. We can all do "small great things."
  • Mischenko
    2016-11-20
    Once again, a great read from one of my favorite authors. The story felt very authentic to me and the topic, I'm so glad she covered. Tons of emotion. I listened to this on audible and enjoyed all the narrators. I've read every one of Jodi's books and this is definitely one of my favorites. Very important authors note at the end...
  • Esil
    2016-09-26
    A high 4 stars. I've had mixed experiences with Jodi Picoult. I've loved some of her books, and found others to be real duds. This one goes in the positive pile. Picoult typically picks a social issue, creates a crisis situation and tells the story from the perspective of a few characters caught up in the crisis. When her books work, it's because she is able to create powerful characters who give real dimension to the issues the books grapple wit...
  • Brian
    2016-08-22
    -This Review is Based on an Advanced Reading Copy-- A woman with frizzy hair stands in front of a giant wheel. On this wheel are many many social issues. She glances at the wheel and smiles and then begins to spin it, waiting for her inspiration. The wheel spins around and around and finally lands on “Amish.” The woman frowns a bit and realizes that she had already covered that topic. She spins the wheel again. “School Shooting” appears i...
  • Berit☀️✨
    2016-07-12
    5 Real, raw, and brilliant stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟This book is one of my top Reads of 2017 ......I read this book last January and it still sticks with me today, really a truly powerful story!Jodi Picoult definitely writes books that make you think....Not even sure where to start with this.... there is so much I want to say, but I don't want to ruin it for anybody... The story was told from three different POVs... Ruth a nurse.... Kennedy A la...
  • Luffy
    2016-12-23
    Jodi Picoult is a daring, talented author who knows how to write new stuff about age old controversies. She can write a male or female character with equal ease. In this book, she writes about Ruth, her grown son, and Jodi Picoult writes from the point of view of the racist father (I thought the 'clan' KKK would be prominent in this book), and her white lawyer who took up her case, Kennedy.Jodi Picoult obviously believes that God is in the detail...
  • Cheri
    2016-05-25
    NOW AVAILABLEWe all have “preferences.” Men, women have a “look” they are drawn to. Blondes. Brunettes. Redheads. Tall. Short. Blue eyes. Skinny. Muscular. Even children, infants, long before they can understand or form words develop preferences, for people, sounds, and colors.Color, the preference for specific “colors” is at the heart of this novel, or more specifically the intolerance for people who are a “different” color, or a...
  • Norma
    2016-10-29
    Jodi Picoult is by far my most favourite author! She has done it again! The subject matter at times was hard to read as the story being told was very heartbreaking and disturbing but it was executed perfectly. This author always makes me think and I have always learned something new from reading one of her novels. The novel was told in three voices that of Ruth, Kennedy & Turk. All three were very strong characters which all brought life to this ...
  • *TANYA*
    2017-07-17
    OUTSTANDING!!!! This book is one of those books that is educating, jarring and inspirational. Kudos to Jodi for taking on the topic of racism and opening my eyes to things I wasn't aware of. I most definitely was schooled."If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way."
  • Karen❄️
    2017-06-11
    3.5This was surely a timely and serious book. I did however, find it to drone on and on, so I found myself skimming through much of the book.
  • Taryn
    2016-10-11
    Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. —BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Ruth, a black nurse, is forbidden from caring for a white supremacist's newborn. An unfortunate set of circumstances leads to Ruth being left alone with the baby for a short period of time. The baby goes into cardiac distress under her watch and she hesitates. The infant's file strictly states that African American personnel aren't al...
  • Lauren Cecile
    2017-05-02
    Six stars!Jodi Picoult has written an outstanding book and shows a keen insight into race, racism and race-related issues. The newborn baby of a white supremacist couple dies during the care of a respected black nurse who'd been told by her boss that she was not to "touch" the baby. She is subsequently dismissed from the hospital, charged with murder and represented by rookie public defenders at a tumultuous jury trial. Picoult weaves in just eno...
  • Suzanne
    2017-06-24
    I left it too long post reading to write this review. This is possibly a 4 star read for me. It is hard to rate. I listened to the audio. The narrator of Ruth made this for me. The voice was strong, calm and in control. The hard part for me is that it is written by a white woman, telling a story of a black woman's life. The author adds notes to the end of this book, and in this instance considering this is an audio book, is read by the author her...
  • Wendy
    2017-04-12
    In Small Great Things the author, Jodi Picoult, writes about race, prejudice, compassion and justice. This story made me so angry and if it can make me feel emotion like that then I loved it!Some of the content is difficult to read but in order to grasp the message the author is sending you must read it all.Captivating, insightful and very well-written.It is easy to see why Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors!ReRead Nov 2017
  • Jennifer
    2016-10-25
    "Here’s the thing about racism – it’s systemic and institutional, but it’s both perpetuated and dismantled in individual acts. Most of us don’t talk about racism because we don’t HAVE to, and because we are afraid of offending people. It’s my hope that this book will be a springboard for discussion, and will give readers the tools and the vocabulary to join a conversation that this country desperately needs to have." -Jodi Picoult, ...
  • Iris P
    2016-11-21
    “I received an ARC of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!”In many ways Small Great Things is a quintessential Jodi Picoult novel. She uses a well-known formula in her writing: controversial topics, well develop characters and intense, sometimes over the top court scenes. Add some humor plus a few quirky characters and she has the reader ready to tag right along and stick with the story unti...