Publisher: Harper Collins
Weight: 420 g
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.
Small Great Things (UK)
The story tells the tale of an African American nurse who has worked for 20 years in the labour & delivery ward of a hospital. She's a good, well respected nurse but her life is turned upside down when a baby boy is born to White Supremenist parents who insist that she mustn't touch their child. With only 3 nurses on duty, 2 are called away & she's left alone in the nursery with the baby who is suddenly in distress. Her reactions & those of the other characters involved form the basis of this powerful, amazing book.
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.
Small Great Things is a page-turner. The characters were well-developed and the novel was written beautifully.
The story is based on a baby of a white supremacist who dies in hospital shortly after being born. The nurse accused of killing him is African American. A really stimulating read and highly recommended.
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