Book Review: Small Great Things

Small Great Things


Title – Small Great Things  (Website, Goodreads)

Author – Jodi Picoult (Website, Goodreads)

Published – October 11th 2016

Genre – Fiction

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Summary – 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?


Can Jodi Picoult write a bad book?

I don’t think she can.

Obviously, Small Great Things is a wonderfully written novel. But I think that this is the most relevant, relate-able, and most important piece of work by Picoult.

Two words: White privilege.

I’ll admit, I didn’t think about white privilege at all. Racial differences didn’t affect my life. I just looked at others and saw them at people just like me. I thought if I worked hard and they worked hard, we’d both get what we earned. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t work that way.

I use to say, “I don’t see color.” I thought it was true. This book changed my lenses for the better.

Jodi Picoult does an amazing job with all the research, facts, and information that has to be stuffed into a book like this, without it feeling like the reader has picked up a non-fiction book. There is information about labor and delivery nurses, the law process, racism, and white supremacy. I applaud her and thank her for bringing to light what we need to see, while making it such an engaging read.

Anyway, loved the book, loved her writing, loved the story, and loved the ending. As I was getting closer and closer to the end of the book, I kept waiting for it all to blow up. I was waiting for Jodi to bring on the waterworks. But they never came and I was very happy with the ending!


I recommend this book to all! It is such an important, yet enjoyable, read.


Jodi Picoult’s website has book club questions and a free excerpt. Great author interview on NPR. Also, looks like there is a movie planned?

For further reading, I found 10 books that influenced Jodi. I’m thinking of picking up one. Recommendations?


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