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Small Great Things

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Staff Review: "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult

★★★★★

Ruth Jefferson has spent twenty years of her life working as a nurse in the labor and delivery ward of a hospital. With years of experience and little to no complaints about her care as a nurse, Ruth is puzzled as to why Davis Bauer's parents don't want her to touch their newborn. Ruth finds a pink Post-It on Davis Bauer's file that states no African Americans are to care for Davis. Ruth, who is African American, finds out Davis' parents are white supremacists and have complained to Ruth's manager about the care of their newborn. The hospital obliges to the Bauers' request and dismisses Ruth from Davis' care. When Davis goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth finds herself alone with the newborn and at a crossroads; does she help the innocent baby, despite her manager's orders? Or, does she follow orders and not touch the distressed newborn? Ruth makes a split-second decision regarding baby Davis and her decision puts her in a tense legal and racial battle that she never imagined her rule-following self to be in. Told from alternating points of view, Picoult weaves a tale that will pull at one's heartstrings and infuriate the mind at the same time. It is a can't-put-down read that really makes one think about race, freedom of speech, hate, and the world we live in today.

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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